The man, who coughed frequently, found out he had an aortic aneurysm

Mr. Huy, a 65-year-old man from Vietnam, suffered from a week of coughing and chest pain before being diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm due to progressive atherosclerosis. He had been using corticosteroids to treat gout for three months, and he also had diabetes, hypertension, and gout. In early March, he experienced swelling in his face and upper body and shrinking in his arms and legs.

Dr. Nguyen Anh Dung, the head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Tam Anh General Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, diagnosed Mr. Huy with Cushing’s syndrome likely caused by prolonged use of corticosteroid drugs. This weakened his immune system, making him more susceptible to infections. Dr. Dung emphasized the seriousness of chest pain in patients like Mr. Huy as it can be a warning sign of acute aortic pathology or myocardial infarction.

Mr. Huy’s condition was further complicated by severe vascular calcification, leading to a saccular aneurysm in his thoracic aorta. Despite the critical situation, Dr. Dung noted that the patient was fortunate that the blood coagulated at the tear site preventing a catastrophic rupture. The doctor recommended quick intervention to prevent potential life-threatening complications.

Thoracic aortic aneurysms can have various causes including atherosclerosis, genetic factors, hypertension, diabetes and other conditions. In Mr. Huy’s case, the prolonged use of corticosteroid drugs exacerbated his atherosclerosis leading to the development of aneurysm . Dr

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