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Inflammatory aneurysm of aorta: Development documented by computed tomography

  • Richard D. Kittredge
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    From the Department of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine and New York Veterans Administration Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
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  • Richard Gordon
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    From the Department of Radiology, New York University School of Medicine and New York Veterans Administration Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
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      Abstract

      Aortic aneurysmal disease appears to be the central focus of the inflammatory process resulting in inflammatory aneurysm formation. Some authors believe that inflammatory aortic aneurysm disease is a distinct clinicopathologic entity; however, others have included it with retroperitoneal fibrosis. The histologic features of inflammatory aneurysm suggest an immunologic basis for the lesion, with the atherosclerotic aorta as a possible source of the allergen.

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