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CASE REPORT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 316-318

Humeral artery aneurysm revealing a rare association between tuberculosis and behçet's disease


1 Department of Internal Medicine, Maamouri Hospital, Nabeul, Tunisia
2 Department of Plastic, Hand Surgery and Burns, Maamouri Hospital, Nabeul, Tunisia
3 Department of Radiology, Maamouri Hospital, Nabeul; Radiology Department, Medical University of Tunis Manar, Tunisia

Correspondence Address:
Rabie Ayari
Department of Plastic, Hand Surgery and Burns, Maamouri Hospital, Nabeul
Tunisia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmy.ijmy_71_20

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The association of pulmonary tuberculosis and Behçet's disease revealed by an aneurysm of the humeral artery is exceptional with a complicated management. We report a case in which the two conditions occurred concomitantly with the vascular complication, apart from any use of immunosuppressive therapy, something that has never been reported in the literature. We report an extremely rare case of a spontaneous rupture of an aneurysm of the humeral artery of a 29-year-old woman with no history. The patient underwent axillo-humeral bypass. Investigations concluded the diagnosis of Behçet's disease associated with pulmonary and lymph node tuberculosis. Antituberculous chemotherapy followed by corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and colchicine has been administrated. Based on this observation, we insist on the necessity of searching the symptoms of Behçet's disease in the presence of arterial involvement when having a young patient. Therapeutic management must include medical treatment to control inflammation and limit the risk of recurrence. Endovascular or surgical treatment is necessary if the arterial involvement is threatening. The association with tuberculosis complicates management and requires close monitoring.


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