The Value of Registries for Rare Diseases: Bacterial or Mycotic Aortic Aneurysm
Bacterial infections of the aorta are rare. The label mycotic aneurysm is misleading, since mycoses or fungal infections of the aorta are much rarer still. The management of bacterial infections of the aorta has always been considered difficult, largely because they frequently herald aortic rupture and the outcomes of traditional surgery have been poor. Historically these patients were managed by surgical resection of the aneurysm, debridement of the infected tissue and revascularisation using in situ or extra-anatomic techniques with either prosthetic or less commonly autologous grafts. However, the results of such surgery have been disappointing with many patients being considered unfit to withstand the rigours of such major intervention and therefore palliated. Others have died as a result of the attempted curative surgery or had late infectious complications.
- Received October 15, 2014.
- Accepted October 16, 2014.