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Rheumatology International

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 367–370 | Cite as

Abdominal aortic aneurysm causing lumbar vertebral erosion in Behçet’s disease presenting by low back pain

  • Merve ÖrücüEmail author
  • Duygu Keleş
  • Elif Peker
  • Mehmet Çakıcı
  • Naota Shimbori
  • İlhan Erden
  • Levent Yazıcıoğlu
  • Birkan Sonel Tur
Short Communication

Abstract

Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic multi-system disorder commonly seen in Mediterranean, middle east and far eastern populations. In this report, we describe a case of a 55-year-old male with Behçet’s disease who presented with a low back pain and sciatica. Imaging studies showed that he had a destruction of the third lumbar vertebra because of abdominal aortic aneurysm-related Behçet’s disease. Aortic aneurysms with vertebral body erosion have been rarely reported, but this vascular complication is a life-threatening clinical picture. Therefore, among the causes of chronic lumbar pain in a BD patient, abdominal aortic aneurysm should be remembered.

Keywords

Behçet’s disease Abdominal aortic aneurysm Lumbar pain Vertebral body erosion 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None of the authors has any conflicts of interest to declare.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Merve Örücü
    • 1
    Email author
  • Duygu Keleş
    • 2
  • Elif Peker
    • 2
  • Mehmet Çakıcı
    • 3
  • Naota Shimbori
    • 4
  • İlhan Erden
    • 2
  • Levent Yazıcıoğlu
    • 3
  • Birkan Sonel Tur
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationAnkara University Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyAnkara University Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryAnkara University Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Internal MedicineAnkara University Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey

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