CC BY 4.0 · Aorta (Stamford) 2020; 08(02): 038-040
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1701529
Case Report
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Primary Lymphoma Presenting in an Ascending Aortic Aneurysm: A Case Report

Alexander M. Schurman
1  Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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2  Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1  Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Funding The study was funded by Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Surgery.
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Publication History

04 January 2019

18 December 2019

Publication Date:
31 July 2020 (online)

Abstract

Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) is rarely associated with thoracic aortic aneurysms. Aneurysm of the ascending aorta associated with SLL has never been reported before. We describe the case of an asymptomatic 68-year-old woman who presented with a 5.5-cm aneurysm of the ascending aorta and no prior history of hematological disorders. Following excision and repair, the surgical specimen showed infiltration of the aortic wall by lymphocytes, expressing markers consistent with SLL. While symptomatic SLL carries a poor prognosis, risk stratification tools are applied to guide management strategies in asymptomatic patients.