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BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-008030
  • CASE REPORT

Multiple idiopathic arterial aneurysms masquerading as aortic dissection

  1. Lorraine Simone Dias1
  1. 1Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr G Vivek, vivekgraman{at}gmail.com

Summary

We report the case of a 58-year-old lady who presented with abdominal pain and backache. Although initial evaluation was strongly suggestive of abdominal aortic dissection, she was ultimately found to have multiple arterial aneurysms. Work-up for underlying vasculitis was negative. Surgical repair was planned and the patient was referred to a cardiovascular surgeon. This case highlights the importance of careful radiological assessment in patients with suspected aortic dissection.

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