Aorto-atrial fistula without aneurysm formation in Behçet's disease

Heart. 1998 Aug;80(2):200-1. doi: 10.1136/hrt.80.2.200.


Cardiac disease is known to occur in patients with the multisystemic inflammatory disorder Behçet's disease. An aorto-atrial fistula secondary to Behçet's disease without a sinus of Valsalva aneurysm has not been previously reported. A 30 year old man with a four year history of symptoms and signs consistent with Behçet's disease presented with an aorto-atrial fistula and a large left to right shunt. At operation the defect was repaired with a bovine pericardial patch. There was no evidence of aneurysm formation. The patient made a good recovery and was well at one year follow up.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aorta / pathology
  • Aortic Diseases / complications*
  • Aortic Diseases / pathology
  • Behcet Syndrome / complications*
  • Fistula / complications*
  • Fistula / pathology
  • Heart Atria / pathology
  • Heart Diseases / complications*
  • Heart Diseases / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Vascular Fistula / complications*