Unruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm mimicking hip joint disease

J Rheumatol. 1987 Feb;14(1):172-3.


A 66-year-old man with an 8-month history of progressive left hip pain was found to have a large unruptured infrarenal aortic aneurysm. The hip pain abated after aneurysm repair. His clinical picture suggested that the hip pain was caused by aneurysmal sac encroachment upon a nerve branch of the lumbar plexus. We report this previously unrecognized association to heighten awareness of this atypical but potentially life threatening cause of hip pain.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aorta, Abdominal
  • Aortic Aneurysm / diagnosis*
  • Aortic Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging
  • Aortic Aneurysm / surgery
  • Aortography
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Hip Joint*
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Pain / etiology*