Ann Clin Case Rep | Volume 5, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Life-Threatening Infectious Aortitis with MethicillinResistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia in a Woman with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Cheng Han1 , Yuan-Hung Wang1 , Ruei-Lin Wang1 , Kun-Lin Wu1,2, Chung-Chi Yang1* and Po-Jen Hsiao1,2*

1Department of Internal Medicine, Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital, Taiwan 2Department of Internal Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, Taiwan

*Correspondance to: Chung-Chi Yang 

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Abstract

Infectious aortitis can cause life-threatening complications in clinical practice. Here in, we present an educational case of Infectious aortitis with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia in a Woman. The 84-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital due to intermittent fever for 5 days. Her temperature was 38.5°C, and chest X-ray demonstrated tortuosity of aorta with calcification of aortic arch. Her blood cultures subsequently all grew Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) during hospitalization. Her echocardiography revealed no vegetation, but the symptoms of chest tightness and shortness of breath were noted. A followup contrast enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan demonstrated thickening of the wall of descending aorta that measured 0.8 cm, which was indicative of infectious aortitis.

Keywords:

Infectious aortitis; Bacteremia; CT; Staphylococcus aureus

Citation:

Han C, Wang Y-H, Wang R-L, Wu K-L, Yang C-C, Hsiao P-J. Life-Threatening Infectious Aortitis with MethicillinResistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia in a Woman with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2020; 5: 1868.

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