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J Gen Intern Med. 2016 April; 31(4): 447–448.
Published online 2015 June 25. doi:  10.1007/s11606-015-3442-z
PMCID: PMC4803702

Femoral Pseudoaneurysm as a Complication of Infective Endocarditis


A 65-year-old man with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) presented with 8 months of fatigue and weight loss, and 2 weeks of right groin discomfort. Examination revealed a tender pulsatile right groin mass with a faint bruit. A CT angiogram revealed a pseudoaneurysm arising from the right proximal deep femoral artery (Figs. 1 and and2).2). The patient recalled no recent trauma, catheterization, infection, or surgery, but reported a dental extraction 10 months prior. An echocardiogram showed a mitral valve vegetation with severe mitral regurgitation, and blood cultures grew penicillin-sensitive Lactobacillus. A diagnosis of subacute infective endocarditis with mycotic pseudoaneurysm was made. The patient underwent surgical repair of the pseudoaneurysm and mitral valve, and received parenteral antibiotic therapy.

Figs. 1 and 2
CT angiogram (coronal view) demonstrating a mass in the right groin region (a, red arrow), better characterized as a saccular, lobulated pseudoaneurysm measuring 4.1 cm × 5.8 cm × 4.1 cm and arising from ...

CLL is associated with immunodeficiency, and infection remains the most common cause of death in these patients.1 Routine antimicrobial prophylaxis for the prevention of endocarditis is no longer recommended for all patients undergoing dental procedures, although this may be associated with a rise in the rates of endocarditis.2 The patient likely developed subacute endocarditis after the dental procedure, with septic emboli leading to vascular wall infection. Extracranial mycotic aneurysms usually present as pseudoaneurysms, and treatment consists of antibiotic and aggressive surgical therapy, including vascular reconstruction as needed.3


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