Spontaneous resolution of idiopathic aortitis and pitfalls in diagnosis

Yue Gao, Alan R. Erickson, Iraklis I. Pipinos, Nitin Garg

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Idiopathic aortitis is an inflammatory disease of the aorta that is diagnosed after the less frequent infectious and rheumatologic variants are excluded. The etiology and natural history of the disease are poorly understood, and its presentation is variable; the need for exclusion of infectious, malignant, and rheumatologic causes can make its evaluation and diagnosis challenging. Treatment is tailored to the diagnosis and may include observation, antimicrobial therapies, and immunosuppressive agents when appropriate. Operative therapy is rarely needed and reserved for symptomatic patients or instances in which infection cannot be excluded. We present a case of idiopathic aortitis that resolved spontaneously with expectant management and discuss the pitfalls in the diagnosis and care of the disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-98
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • Aortitis
  • Idiopathic
  • Large vessel vasculitis
  • Nonaneurysmal
  • noninfectious

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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