BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.11.2010.3504
  • Rare disease

Giant aneurysm of the ascending aorta

  1. M N Bittar1
  1. 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, UK
  2. 2Department of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Vivek Srivastava, srivivek50{at}


An ascending aortic aneurysm is a rare entity. The authors encountered an 85-year-old female patient with an uncomplicated ascending aortic aneurysm measuring 9 cm in diameter. She underwent an urgent operation involving replacement of the ascending aorta. Postoperatively, she developed mild renal failure and atrial flutter requiring direct current cardioversion. However, further recovery was good. The authors present this case including the operative management and a brief overview of this rare condition to reiterate that with an ageing population, this procedure can be done with an acceptable morbidity.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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