Spontaneous regression of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in an immunocompromised patient

Patricia H. Bellows, Javier E. Anaya-Ayala, Houssam K. Younes, Kristofer M. Charlton-Ouw, Jean Bismuth, Mark G. Davies, Eric K. Peden

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Spontaneous aneurysmal regression is a rare event, having been observed only in association with arteritides or immunosuppression following solid-organ transplantation. In particular, the spontaneous regression of an aortic aneurysm, to our knowledge, has never been documented. We report a case of a 46-year-old, HIV-positive, African-American man who developed an asymptomatic juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm, which significantly regressed over a 6-month period in the absence of arteritides or systemic immunosuppressive therapy. This case describes the spontaneous regression of an inflammatory AAA in an HIV-positive patient. Further studies will be required to determine if this was an isolated occurrence or if it occurs with any frequency in specific patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-319
Number of pages5
JournalVascular Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • HIV
  • Immunosuppression
  • Regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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