Syphilitic aortitis : a case report
CITATION: Du Toit, D. F., McCormich, M. & Laker, L. 1985. Syphilitic aortitis : a case report. South African Medical Journal, 67:778-779.
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A case of syphilitic aortitis with total occlusion of the infrarenal aorta without aneurysmal dilatation is presented. Incapacitatin g c laudication of both legs together with pain at rest necessitated an aortobifemoral bypass operation, which resulted in complete relief of symptoms. Histological examination of the aorta showed atherosclerosis together with characteristic perivascular lymphocytic infiltration of the aortic vasa vasorum.