Acute aortic occlusion with sudden paraplegia secondary to Aspergillus niger embolism from Aspergillus niger aortitis

Russell W Jamieson, William A Wallace, Jehangir N Din, Zahid Raza

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Abstract

Acute aortic occlusion caused by a saddle embolus is a rare vascular emergency. Associated sudden paraplegia secondary to spinal cord ischemia is even more uncommon. Aspergillus surgical site infection is typically linked to cardiac surgery but is exceptional. Here we present a case that combines all of these factors. A 67-year-old man presented with sudden paraplegia from acute aortic occlusion with a saddle embolus from Aspergillus niger aortitis 4 months after aortic valve replacement and aortoplasty. We believe this to be the second reported case of Aspergillus niger aortitis and the first presenting as aortic occlusion with paraplegia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1472-4
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Antifungal Agents
  • Aorta
  • Aortitis
  • Aortography
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases
  • Aspergillosis
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Embolectomy
  • Embolism
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multiple Organ Failure
  • Paraplegia
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome

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