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Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm presenting as acute unilateral leg swelling--not all swelling below the knee is DVT.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22787182     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors describe a patient with a previously undiagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm who presented to the emergency department with acute unilateral leg swelling following aneurysm rupture into the vena cava. Abdominal examination raised the suspicion of intra-abdominal pathology which was confirmed with bedside ultrasound, followed by CT aorta. The patient was transferred for urgent repair and made a good recovery. Unilateral leg swelling is a common presentation to frontline clinicians and this case is a reminder that deep vein thrombosis is not the only important cause.
Rhiannon Talbot; Jonathon Andrews; Jacqui Munns
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ case reports     Volume:  2012     ISSN:  1757-790X     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ Case Rep     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-12     Completed Date:  2014-01-07     Revised Date:  2014-08-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101526291     Medline TA:  BMJ Case Rep     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Aortic Rupture / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Diagnosis, Differential
Edema / diagnosis,  etiology*
Endovascular Procedures / methods*
Middle Aged
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Venous Thrombosis / diagnosis

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