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Surgical procedure in immunoglobulin G4-related ascending aortitis?
Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4)-related fibroinflammatory systemic disease accounts for 7% of all noninfectious aneurysms of the thoracic aorta. A patient was admitted with a symptomatic ascending aortic aneurysm and thickened aortic wall (outer/inner diameter 55/45 mm), which was replaced. Probes revealed IgG4-related aortitis associated with a primary tuberculosis infection. Corticosteroid and antituberculosis therapies were used, and the patient's clinical evolution was favorable. The optimal treatment strategy of IgG4-related aortitis, a new entity, remains vague. Inner aortic diameter alone does not justify aortic replacement, but wall thickening may mimic intramural hematoma. In this particular case of IgG4-related aortitis, immunosuppressive treatment alone, as an alternative to a surgical procedure, may be debatable.
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