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Ruptured mycotic abdominal aortic aneurysm secondary to Mycobacterium bovis after intravesical treatment with bacillus Calmette-Guérin

Harding, G.E.J.; Lawlor, D.K.

Journal of Vascular Surgery 46(1): 131-134


ISSN/ISBN: 0741-5214
PMID: 17606130
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvs.2007.01.054
Accession: 055626649

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Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is a live attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis that has proven effective in the treatment of early-stage bladder cancer. Although intravesical therapy with BCG is generally considered safe, serious complications including hematuria, granulomatous pneumonitis, hepatitis, and life-threatening BCG sepsis are well known. BCG-related vascular infections are rarely reported. We present a case of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm secondary to M bovis infection 2 years after intravesical instillation of BCG and review the related literature.

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