Low Back Pain: A Pain That May Not Be Harmless

Lucas, Catarina and Costa, Joana and Paixão, Joana and Ribeiro, Pedro and Silva, Fatima and Rodrigues, Adriano (2018) Low Back Pain: A Pain That May Not Be Harmless. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 5 (3). ISSN 2284-2594

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Abdominal aortic aneurysms are defined as vascular dilatations greater than 50% of the normal proximal segment or those that have a maximum diameter above 3 cm. Risk factors include male gender, age over 75 years, history of vascular pathology, hypertension and arteriosclerosis. The Authors describe a case of a 74-year-old man, evaluated in an emergency setting for right lumbar pain lasting 4 days. The pain did not respond to analgesia and became progressively worse. Due to the severity of symptoms, CT angiography was performed, which showed an active rupture of a partially contained aneurysm associated with aortic dissection. Early diagnosis and timely management of aortic aneurysms are essential in preventing complications, namely rupture (50-83% patients die after rupture and before receiving medical care). Acute aortic dissection is a surgical emergency and the risk of rupture is proportional to the size of the aneurysm and its rate of growth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abdominal aneurysm, vascular aneurysm, aortic aneurysm, iliac artery aneurysm, aortic rupture, lumbar pain, low back pain
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale)
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 09:01
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 09:01
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/17791

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