Diagnosis and surgical treatment of a Takayasu disease on an abdominal aortic dissection

Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 May;25(4):556.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.avsg.2010.12.013. Epub 2011 Mar 25.


Background: To report the rare diagnosis and the surgical treatment of a young patient presenting a symptomatic dissection of the abdominal aorta revealing a Takayasu's arteritis (TA).

Methods and results: A 24-year-old woman developed a painful chronic dissection of the infrarenal aorta associated with a claudication of both lower extremities. As the patient was still symptomatic despite an optimal medical treatment, a surgical revascularization was proposed. An aortobifemoral bypass was performed allowing the removal of infrarenal aorta and the histologic diagnosis of TA.

Conclusion: Isolated abdominal aortic dissection is an unusual event in TA, and this is the first surgically treated case. Only few reports of aortic dissection in TA have been published so far which are commented in this article.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / diagnosis*
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / etiology
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / surgery*
  • Aortic Dissection / diagnosis*
  • Aortic Dissection / etiology
  • Aortic Dissection / surgery*
  • Aortography / methods
  • Biopsy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Takayasu Arteritis / complications
  • Takayasu Arteritis / diagnosis*
  • Takayasu Arteritis / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures*
  • Young Adult