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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 958464, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/958464
Case Report

Giant Dissecting Aortic Aneurysm in an Asymptomatic Young Male

1St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, 703 Main Street, Paterson, NJ 07503, USA
2St. Michael’s Medical Center, 111 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102, USA

Received 15 December 2014; Accepted 18 February 2015

Academic Editor: Atila Iyisoy

Copyright © 2015 Priyank Shah 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

Giant aortic aneurysm is defined as aneurysm in the aorta greater than 10 cm in diameter. It is a rare finding since most patients will present with complications of dissection or rupture before the size of aneurysm reaches that magnitude. Etiological factors include atherosclerosis, Marfan’s syndrome, giant cell arteritis, tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV-associated vasculitis, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, and medial agenesis. Once diagnosed, prompt surgical intervention is the treatment of choice. Although asymptomatic unruptured giant aortic aneurysm has been reported in the literature, there has not been any case of asymptomatic giant dissecting aortic aneurysm reported in the literature thus far. We report a case of giant dissecting ascending aortic aneurysm in an asymptomatic young male who was referred to our institution for abnormal findings on physical exam.