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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2013, Article ID 124235, 3 pages
Case Report

A Fibromatosis Case Mimicking Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm

1Department of Pathology, Educational and Research Hospital, Sanayi Mah., Atatürk Bulvarı Hastane Cad., Kocasinan, 38010 Kayseri, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Erciyes University Medical School, Talas Yolu 5. Km, 38039 Kayseri, Turkey
3Department of Radiology, Erciyes University Medical School, Talas Yolu 5. Km, 38039 Kayseri, Turkey

Received 10 May 2013; Accepted 12 June 2013

Academic Editors: R. Bornemeier, K.-R. Chiou, F. M. Sarullo, and H. Ueda

Copyright © 2013 Arzu Tasdemir et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a rare fibrosing reactive process that may be confused with mesenteric fibromatosis. Abdominal aorta aneurysm is rare too and mostly develops secondary to Behcet’s disease, trauma, and infection or connective tissue diseases. Incidence of aneurysms occurring as a result of atherosclerotic changes increases in postmenopausal period. Diagnosis can be established with arteriography, tomography, or magnetic resonance imaging associated with clinical findings. Tumors and cysts should be considered in differential diagnosis. Abdominal ultrasound and contrast-enhanced computerized tomography revealed an infrarenal abdominal aorta aneurysm in a 41-year-old woman, but, on surgery, retroperitoneal fibrosis surrounding the aorta was detected. We present this interesting case because retroperitoneal fibrosis encircling the abdominal aorta can mimic abdominal aorta aneurysm radiologically.