Ruptured mycotic aortic aneurysm

Edward R. Katz, Charles M. Lynne, Victor A. Politano

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A right flank mass, in a patient with fever of unknown origin, pain, and superiorly displaced right kidney on excretory urogram, was explored through a subcostal incision. Finding of a retroperitoneal abscess was anticipated; instead a ruptured mycotic aortic aneurysm was encountered. An awareness that entities such as this may exist is imperative in the differential diagnosis of flank masses. Treatment through a flank incision presents an elusive if not impossible feat. Because of the gravity of the underlying disease, misdiagnosis almost always results in death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-622
Number of pages3
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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