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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Rivista di Chirurgia Cardiaca, Vascolare e Toracica
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 April;42(2):245-8
Consumption coagulopathy associated with aneurysms of the abdominal aorta and the bilateral femoral arteries. Report of a case
Utoh J., Kunitomo R., Hara M., Hagiwara S., Uemura S., Uemura E., Kitamura N.
From the First Department of Surgery, Kumamoto University School of Medicine, Kumamoto, Japan
The authors report a case of a 70-year-old man, with repeating episodes of systemic subdermal hematoma due to consumption coagulopathy associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm and the bilateral femoral arterial aneurysms. Prior to the first operation for abdominal aortic repair, anticoagulation therapy was applied to treat thrombocytopenia and hypofibrinogenemia. Five years following the first surgery, the same treatment was required before resection of the femoral lesions. Consumption coagulopathy is seen in approximately 1-4% population of aortic aneurysms, however, repeated appearance of symptomatic coagulopathy is rarely reported. Anticoagulation therapy was effective to normalize the coagulation and fibrinolytic system and followed by uneventful surgical resection of the aneurysms.