A patient with three aortoenteric fistulas in a period of five years: case report
Background: Aortoenteric fistula (AEF) is a pathological communication between the aorta and gastrointestinal tract that presents a life-threatening condition. It can be primary or secondary, based on the underlying cause of
Case study: We present a 67-year-old female patient who suffered from three secondary AEFs in a period of five years. After two abdominal surgeries for gastric ulcer and colorectal adenocarcinoma (TNM stage II), the patient had an open abdominal aortic aneurysm reconstruction. For each AEF presentation, opened surgical reconstruction was performed.
Conclusion: Morbidity and mortality rates after AEF surgery are high despite advances in surgical techniques and materials. Three times recurrent AEF in a single patient with 5-years survival after initial reconstructive surgery is rare event.
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