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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009, Article ID 536424, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/536424
Case Report

Aortocaval Fistula in a Behcet's Disease Patient

1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Education and Research Hospital, 16330 Bursa, Turkey
2Department of Anesthesiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Education and Research Hospital, 16330 Bursa, Turkey

Received 18 August 2009; Accepted 6 November 2009

Academic Editor: Frank R. Arko

Copyright © 2009 Yusuf Ata 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.

Abstract

Behcet's disease (BD) is a chronic, recurrent, systemic disease that is characterized by oral and genital ulcers and oculocutaneous inflammatory lesions. Cardiovascular involvement especially large artery involvement is a serious and vital complication of BD. Pseudoaneurysms in the major arteries may be the cause of sudden death in BD. In our case a pulsatile abdominal mass was determined to be an aortic pseudoaneurysm associated with BD and an aortocaval fistula. Here we report this case and a short review of literature because this is the first reported aortocaval fistula in a BD patient in English literature.