Cryptococcal aortitis presenting as a symptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysm

Joseph Karam, Athanasios Tsiouris, Jose Vazquez, Alexander Shepard

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We report a case of cryptococcal aortitis in a 59-year-old man presenting as a symptomatic suprarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The patient underwent repair of his aneurysm using a rifampin-soaked graft with omental wrapping. Intraoperative Gram stains showed yeast organisms, the cultures eventually grew Cryptococcus neoformans with results available 43 days postoperatively. He was started on antifungal therapy intraoperatively and will be on lifelong antifungal treatment. Our case is the first report of cryptoccocal aortitis presenting as a symptomatic AAA; the diagnosis of a true mycotic aneurysm was made intraoperatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363.e9-363.e11
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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