Clostridium septicum aortitis is a rare, highly morbid condition typically accompanied by malignant disease, such as hematologic cancer or colon adenocarcinoma. Presenting symptoms commonly described include acute onset of abdominal pain, nausea, and fevers. Prompt diagnosis of infectious aortitis is critical to prevent deadly complications, such as sepsis and vascular catastrophe. The described management largely involves surgical resection of the infected aorta, débridement, and arterial revascularization through extra-anatomic bypass or aortic graft placement.
Recommended CitationShahi, Niti; Arosemena, Mariano; Kwon, Jeontaik; DiMuzio, Paul J.; Abai, Babak; and Salvatore, Dawn M., "A rare case of Clostridium septicum aortitis with colon adenocarcinoma" (2018). Department of Surgery Faculty Papers. Paper 158.
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