|Doctors at HCM City University Medical Centre's Vascular Surgery Unit are examining a patient who had a ruptured mycotic aneurysm caused by a bacterial infection after surgery. — Photo Courtesy of HCM City University Medical Centre
HCM CITY (VNS) — Doctors at HCM City University Medical Centre successfully performed an operation on a 55-year-old patient from Binh Phuoc Province who had a ruptured mycotic aneurysm caused by a bacterial infection.
A mycotic aneurysm is an aneurysm arising from infection of the arterial wall, usually bacterial.
On April 18, the patient was hospitalised in emergency status. In early April, he fell while riding a motorbike, leading to a broken right clavicle.
He was brought to a hospital in HCM City for surgery. Five days of being discharged from the hospital, he had a stomachache and high fever.
He bought some medicine at a drugstore but his symptoms did not subside.
His family took him to the HCM City University Medical Centre for treatment.
There, doctors of the hospital's vascular surgery unit diagnosed him with a ruptured mycotic aneurysm and performed surgery immediately.
Doctors cleared the infection out of the patient's abdomen and created a new vasculum taken from other aneurysm in his abdomen.
He is now recovering.
Mycotic aneurysms are rare, said Le Thanh Phong, head of the Vascular Surgery Unit. But the risk of fatality due to rupture, if not treated promptly, is up to 90 per cent.
Periodic examinations as well as timely surgery should be done to prevent the risk of rupture, he said. — VNS