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Mycotic aortic aneurysm formation following intravesical BCG treatment for transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder
  1. David Flynn1,
  2. Akihiro Ogi2,
  3. Shradha Subedi2,
  4. Jonathan Langton3,
  5. Keat Choong2 and
  6. Jill O’Donnell1
  1. 1Vascular Surgery Department, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Birtinya, Queensland, Australia
  2. 2Infectious Diseases Department, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Birtinya, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3Interventional Radiology Department, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Birtinya, Queensland, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Flynn; deflynn75{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Mycotic aneurysms are rare and if left untreated, can have devastating outcomes. In this case, a 72-year-old man presented to hospital with fevers, night sweats and abdominal pain. A CT scan revealed the development an infrarenal pseudoaneurysm over the course of 8 weeks, increasing from 2.8 cm to a 3.1 cm. The aneurysm was not present on a CT scan performed 6 months earlier. The patient underwent an emergency endovascular repair of the aortic aneurysm (EVAR) and was placed on broad-spectrum antibiotics. Intra-aortic blood cultures aspirated adjacent to the aneurysm and tissue biopsy confirmed tuberculosis bovis as the cause of the mycotic aneurysm. The patient had been treated with intravesical BCG for transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder several months prior. The patient was treated with an extended course of antituberculosis medication. He recovered well and was back to his baseline function within weeks.

  • interventional radiology
  • vascular surgery
  • infections
  • urinary and genital tract disorders
  • drugs: infectious diseases

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  • Contributors DF was involved in the conception, design, analysis and drafting of the paper. AK was involved in the conception, background research and critical analysis of the paper. SS and KC were involved with the planning as well as the design and drafting of the paper. JL and JO were involved in the concept development, revisions and critical analysis of the paper. All authors agreed on the final approval of the paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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