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Giant Cell Arteritis Presenting With Annuloaortic Ectasia*

Gabriella Nesi, MD; Chiara Anichini, MD; Elena Pedemonte, MD; Silvia Tozzini, MD; Giancarlo Calamai, MD; Gian Franco Montesi, MD; Franca Gori, MD
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*From the Department of Pathology (Drs. Nesi, Anichini, Pedemonte, Tozzini, and Gori), University of Florence, Florence, Italy; and the Cardiac Surgery Unit (Drs. Calamai and Montesi), Careggi Hospital, Florence, Italy.

Correspondence to: Franca Gori, MD, Department of Pathology, University of Florence, Via le Morgagni, 85, 50134 Florence, Italy



Chest. 2002;121(4):1365-1367. doi:10.1378/chest.121.4.1365
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Four cases of giant cell arteritis causing severe aortic regurgitation secondary to an aneurysm of the ascending aorta are described. In two cases, the nature of the aortic pathology could be suspected considering the past clinical evidence of temporal arteritis and/or polymyalgia rheumatica. In the two other cases, the cardiothoracic manifestations represented the onset of Horton disease.

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