July 1981

Nonaneurysmal Suppurative Aortitis

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Veterans Administration Medical Center (Drs Bardin and Collins) and University of California (Drs Bardin, Collins, Devin, and Halasz), San Diego.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(7):954-956. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380190082019

• Two patients had nonaneurysmal suppurative aortitis. In one, the aortic ruptured and the patient died. The second patient had Salmonella sepsis and occlusion of the infrarenal aorta. He was treated with aortic resection and extra-anatomic bypass, but died 20 months later of an unrelated illness. Patients with Salmonella sepsis who are over 50 years of age or who are suspected of having aortic atherosclerosis should be evaluated carefully for aortitis since rupture or aneurysm formation is associated with a dismal prognosis.

(Arch Surg 1981;116:954-956)