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Alarming Case of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm in 65-Year-Old Man: Caused by Corticosteroid Use and Atherosclerosis

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
The man, who coughed frequently, found out he had an aortic aneurysm

Mr. Huy, a 65-year-old man, experienced a week of coughing and chest pain that led to the discovery of an aortic aneurysm due to progressive atherosclerosis after using corticosteroids to treat gout for three months. He also has diabetes, hypertension, and gout. In early March, he experienced swelling in his face and upper body and shrinking in his arms and legs. A week before hospital admission, he suffered from severe chest pain, fatigue, cough, and high fever.

Dr. Nguyen Anh Dung, the Head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Tam Anh General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, diagnosed Mr. Huy with Cushing’s syndrome likely caused by prolonged use of corticosteroid drugs. This weakened his immune system, making him more susceptible to infections. Dr. Dung emphasized the seriousness of chest pain in patients like Mr. Huy as it can be a warning sign of acute aortic pathology or myocardial infarction.

Mr. Huy’s condition was further complicated by severe vascular calcification leading to an aneurysm in his thoracic aorta that required quick intervention to prevent potential life-threatening complications.

Thoracic aortic aneurysms have various causes including atherosclerosis, genetic factors, hypertension, diabetes, and other conditions.

In Mr. Huy’s case, the prolonged use of corticosteroid drugs exacerbated his atherosclerosis leading to the development of the aneurysm.

Dr. Dung highlighted the importance of minimally invasive procedures like aortic stent grafts that offer reduced risks and quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgeries.

Due to the complexity of Mr. Huy’s case, the medical team decided to perform bypass surgery before inserting a stent graft to address the aneurysm.

Following the procedures, Mr. Huy showed signs of improvement and experienced relief from chest pain and fatigue.

In conclusion thoracic aortic aneurysms are life-threatening conditions that require prompt medical intervention; patients need to be cautious about long-term use of corticosteroid drugs while monitoring any underlying health issues regularly; maintaining healthy lifestyle habits such as controlling blood pressure levels can help reduce this risk significantly!

By Samantha Jones

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