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Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy following aortic surgery.
  1. F Dellestable,
  2. P Péré,
  3. D Régent,
  4. A Gaucher
  1. Hôpital de Nancy-Brabois, Clinique de Rhumatologie, Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France.


    Unilateral lower extremity hypertrophic osteoarthropathy may be the initial symptom of an infected aortic graft. Knowledge of this uncommon association should lead to early and accurate diagnosis and appropriate surgical management, thus avoiding the development of aortoenteric fistula, a complication that still carries a significant risk of mortality.

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