Infectious Aortitis

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Infectious or mycotic aortitis is an infection in the wall of the aorta caused by bacteria. The aorta is the body's largest artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. 

Diagnosing Infectious Aortitis

Our specialists may do a variety of tests to determine if you have infectious aortitis, including:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Angiography
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood tests
  • Computed tomography (CT) angiography
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)

Antibiotics help to control the infection. The infected aorta is surgically removed, and your surgeon will perform arterial reconstruction to maintain blood flow.


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