A new anatomic variant of the aorta: a case report

J Vasc Surg. 2008 Jul;48(1):213-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2008.02.026.


Anatomic anomalies of the infrarenal aorta and iliac arteries are rare. We report a 39-year-old man who presented with an ileo-cecal fistula secondary to Crohn disease. A computed tomography scan and subsequent arteriography noted his aorta bifurcated immediately inferior to the main renal arteries, at the level of the second lumbar vertebrae. Associated vascular anomalies included a common superior mesenteric artery/celiac axis plus multiple renal arteries. To our knowledge, this is the first report of this aortic anomaly in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aorta / abnormalities*
  • Aortography
  • Cecal Diseases / etiology
  • Crohn Disease / complications
  • Humans
  • Ileal Diseases / etiology
  • Iliac Artery / abnormalities
  • Intestinal Fistula / etiology
  • Male
  • Mesenteric Artery, Inferior / abnormalities
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed