Korean J Med.  2015 Sep;89(3):363-367. 10.3904/kjm.2015.89.3.363.

Infected Aneurysm of the Abdominal Aorta due to Streptococcus pneumoniae

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. shegets@schmc.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Urology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae), a bacterium that is part of the normal flora of the upper respiratory tract, can cause pneumonia, bacteremia, otitis media, and meningitis. There are few reports of infected abdominal aortic aneurysms due to S. pneumoniae, especially in Korea. We here present a 53-year-old male with an infected abdominal aortic aneurysm caused by S. pneumoniae. This patient had no previous history of atherosclerosis or infection of other organs such as the lungs, heart, or bones. He underwent resection of the abdominal aorta and iliac artery as well as bypass surgery, with maintenance of peri-operative intravenous antibiotics for 6 weeks. He has shown favorable outcomes after a 3-month follow-up.

Keyword

Streptococcus pneumoniae; Aneurysm, Infected

MeSH Terms

Aneurysm, Infected*
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Aorta, Abdominal*
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal
Atherosclerosis
Bacteremia
Follow-Up Studies
Heart
Humans
Iliac Artery
Korea
Lung
Male
Meningitis
Middle Aged
Otitis Media
Pneumonia
Respiratory System
Streptococcus pneumoniae*
Streptococcus*
Anti-Bacterial Agents
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