Deaths common after surgical repair of mycotic aortic aneurysms: study

US research highlights the importance of early identification and repair of such aneurysms, before rupture

Many patients who undergo repair for mycotic aortic aneurysms die during surgery, with those presenting with rupture at particularly high risk, according to new findings.

Long-term survival is poor, with just one in four adults with the rare condition living to 10 years, US researchers say.

Texan cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Scott LeMaire, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues noted there was no consensus on optimal management of affected patients.

“Overall, information about the diagnosis and management

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