Fatal Aortic Dissection in a Patient with Giant Cell Arteritis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Nayar, Anjeli K.; Casciello, Michael; Slim, Jennifer N.; Slim, Ahmad M.
January 2013
Case Reports in Vascular Medicine;2013, p1
Academic Journal
Giant cell arteritis may lead to catastrophic, large-vessel complications from chronic vascular wall inflammation without prompt diagnosis and treatment. We describe a rare case of acute aortic dissection without preceding aneurysm secondary to histologically confirmed giant cell arteritis (GCA) in an 85-year-old female with a four-year history of polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis diagnosed per biopsy six months prior to presentation. The literature is reviewed and the clinical implications of this case are discussed.


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