Tuberculous Aortitis: An Extremely Rare Cause of Supra Aortic Trunks Stenosis
M Gargouri1-2*, S Marzouk3, E Daoud4, E Elleuch1, M Jallouli3, Z Mnif4, M Ben Jemaa1, Z Bahloul3
Journal Title: Journal of Clinical Medical Research
Aortitis are mainly described in inflammatory disorders such as Takayasu arteritis, giant cell arteritis or Behçet’s disease. Thoracic infectious aortitis such as tuberculous aortitis are currently rare. They are always lethal without any treatment. The clinical manifestations are usually vague and nonspecific and may include pain, fever, vascular insufficiency, and elevated levels of acute phase reactants, as well as other systemic manifestations. As a result, aortitis is often overlooked during the initial work-up. A multimodality imaging approach is often required for assessment of both the aortic wall and aortic lumen, as well as for surveillance of disease activity and treatment planning.