The paper reviews 2014 cases of aneurysm of the abdominal aorta treated over the past 10 years at the Institute of General and Cardiovascular Surgery of the University of Milan directed by Prof. Ugo Ruberti, and analyses 38 which showed inflammatory characteristics. In spite of the low frequency of this type of aneurysm (1.8%), preoperative diagnosis is important since surgery entails greater technical difficulties than surgery for an atherosclerotic aneurysm of the abdominal aorta. In this respect the study of preoperative ESR and white blood cell levels is important: the review showed an increased ESR in 71% of cases in which the aneurysm was clearly inflammatory (a percentage which was twice that found in patients with atherosclerotic aneurysms) and increased white blood cells in 32% of cases compared to 2.6% in atherosclerotic aneurysms. Contrary to previous reports, CAT and abdominal echography were not particularly important. However, in those cases where the aneurysm was thought to be inflammatory on the basis of these findings, the Authors chose to operate once the diagnosis had been made without waiting for steroid therapy to reduce the extent of inflammation due to the well-known risk of rupture and the controversial efficacy of medical therapy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Clinical observations on 38 cases of inflammatory aneurysm of the abdominal aorta out of a total of 2014 operated cases|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine