Mycotic aneurysm of the superior mesenteric artery in a young woman

Pao Hsien Chu*, H. C. She, K. E. Lim, J. J. Chu

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Aneurysm of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) is rare. We, in this study, present the case of a 21-year-old woman with a history of heroin abuse who was admitted to our hospital for infective endocarditis complicated by floating vegetation at the posterior mitral valve. After receiving 2-week antibiotic treatment, the patient had acute abdominal pain. Computed tomography demonstrated an aneurysm at the SMA. The mycotic aneurysm was resected and the mitral valve was repaired successfully. This report reviews the pathophysiology of mycotic aneurysms of the SMA and role of computed tomography in the differential diagnosis of this condition from acute mesenteric ischaemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-616
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - 05 2005


  • Acute mesenteric ischaemia
  • Computed tomography
  • Mycotic aneurysm
  • Superior mesenteric artery


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