Recurrent aortic aneurysms in Behçet disease

Corey Adams, Michael Zhen Yu Tong, D. Kirk Lawlor, Guy DeRose, Thomas L. Forbes

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The following is a case of a 22-year-old male with recurrent thoracic aneurysms with several constitutional symptoms, including gastrointestinal discomfort, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, and a 2-week history of severe lower back pain. The patient underwent an initial thoracoabdominal repair of a visceral aneurysm followed by endovascular repair of a recurrent thoracic pseudoaneurysm. The etiology of the visceral aneurysm was initially hypothesized to be mycotic; however, further information revealed signs and symptoms consistent with the diagnostic criteria for Behçet disease (BD). We suggest that BD be considered in younger patients who present with an aortic aneurysm. Although open repair is the traditional approach for arterial lesions in BD, the role for endovascular intervention should be considered as it represents a surgical repair with a significant reduction in morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysm
  • Behçet disease


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