Ascending aortic aneurysm in a man with scleroderma

Robert R. Attaran, David Guarraia

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Macrovascular involvement in scleroderma has received relatively little attention. We hereby describe a 5.6-cm ascending aortic aneurysm in a 56-year-old man presenting with increased dyspnea, diagnosed with antibody-negative, rapidly progressive diffuse cutaneous scleroderma. The patient had sclerosis and induration of all extremities, face, thorax and abdomen. Other features included Raynaud's phenomenon, arthralgia, dysphagia, dyspnea attributed to pulmonary fibrosis, pericardial effusion, and cardiomyopathy. To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other report to date in the English language of a thoracic aortic aneurysm associated with scleroderma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1027-1028
Number of pages2
JournalClinical Rheumatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Aneurysm
  • Aorta
  • Scleroderma
  • Systemic sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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