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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 1998 August;39(4):437-9

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A solitary iliac artery aneurysm caused by Candida infection. Report of a case

Tsunezuka Y., Urayama H., Ohtake H., Watanabe Y.

From the Department of Surgery (I) School of Medicine, Kanazawa Univ., Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan


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We report a very rare case of an infected aneurysm of solitary common iliac artery by Candida albicans. The patient, a 70 year-old male, had a history of systemic Candidemia infected through intravenous hyperlimentation (IVH) catheter 2 years ago. By physical examinations and laboratory data, infectious disease was suspected. Computed tomography showed right hydronephrosis and right solitary common iliac artery aneurysm, and operation was performed with diagnosis of infected aneurysm. The aneurysm was removed with the end of the abdominal aorta, and the arterial blood flow was restored by axillo-bifemoral bypass. Histopathological findings revealed abscess formation around the aneurysm with phlogocytes infiltration in both outer media of aneurysmal wall and vasa vasorum. Candida albicans was found as causative pathogen from resected specimens. This aneurysm is considered to be resulted from surviving candida in vasa vasorum after previous candidemia.

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