Coarctation of the Abdominal Aorta Associated with Aneurysm of the Descending Thoracic Aorta Probably due to Aortitis Syndrome

(First Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Showa University, Tokyo, Japan)

Masahiro Aiba Tadanori Kawada Atsuyoshi Oki
Katsuyoshi Iyano Kazuto Maruta Susumu Takeuchi
Yasuhiro Shiojiri Masahiko Shibata Toshihiro Takaba
A 67-year-old woman had left lateral chest pain. CT scan and digital subtraction angiography revealed coarctation of the abdominal aorta just distal from the renal artery and a fusiform aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta with a maximum diameter of 60mm. The meandering mesenteric artery was significantly dilated as a collateral vessel from the superior mesenteric artery to the inferior mesenteric artery. Aortitis syndrome was suspected from the angiographic findings although inflammatory changes in laboratory data were not observed. She underwent aneurysmectomy followed by prosthetic graft replacement of the descending thoracic aorta under femoro-femoral bypass and an extraanatomical bypass grafting from the replaced graft to the abdominal aorta proximal to the aortic bifurcation via the retroperitoneal space. She was discharged on the 42nd day after operation without any complications and in the past year has returned to her usual daily life without any anastomotic site trouble.
@Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 31F404-407 (2002)