Article Abstract

Successful management of a giant dissecting aortic aneurysm in a patient with Behcet’s disease

Authors: Zhiqi Zhang, Kanhua Yin, Yi Lin, Changfa Guo, Yongxin Sun, Chunsheng Wang


Thoracic aortic aneurysm with subsequent dissection is a very rare but dangerous complication of Behcet’s disease, which is a systemic syndrome that can involve blood vessels of all sizes. Surgical experience in dealing with this complication in patients with Behcet’s disease has been limited. We report a 20-year-old patient with Behcet’s disease who presented with a giant dissecting thoracic aortic aneurysm. The patient was successfully treated with an aortic root and arch replacement using a frozen elephant trunk technique. Timely surgical intervention and appropriate long-term medical management are important for these patients.