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Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 1027–1028 | Cite as

Ascending aortic aneurysm in a man with scleroderma

  • Robert R. AttaranEmail author
  • David Guarraia
Case report

Abstract

Macrovascular involvement in scleroderma has received relatively little attention. We hereby describe a 5.6-cm ascending aortic aneurysm in a 56-year-old man presenting with increased dyspnea, diagnosed with antibody-negative, rapidly progressive diffuse cutaneous scleroderma. The patient had sclerosis and induration of all extremities, face, thorax and abdomen. Other features included Raynaud’s phenomenon, arthralgia, dysphagia, dyspnea attributed to pulmonary fibrosis, pericardial effusion, and cardiomyopathy. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other report to date in the English language of a thoracic aortic aneurysm associated with scleroderma.

Keywords

Aneurysm Aorta Scleroderma Systemic sclerosis 

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© Clinical Rheumatology 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Arizona Affiliated HospitalsTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Graduate Medical Education DepartmentUniversity Medical CenterTucsonUSA

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