1998 年 91 巻 8 号 p. 845-849
In this paper, a very rare case of vasculo (angio)-Behcet's disease initiated with hoarseness due to inflammatory aortic aneurysm, is presented. A 35 year-old male with persistent hoarseness for half a month was revealed to have left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy. Chest X-ray films showed slight enlargement of the aortic arch. CT demonstrated direct evidence of a saccular type aortic aneurysm at the branched area of the left subclavian artery. Aortic angiography demonstrated two additional aortic aneurysms at the right subclavian artery and in the lower abdominal area. The patient subsequently underwent emergency surgery for treatment of these aneurysms. The histopathological characteristics of the representative aortic aneurysmal lesions suggested a diagnosis of “vasculo-Behcet's disease”. Behcet's disease is usually characterized by oral and genital ulceration, folliculitis and uveitis. This patient, however, displayed no previous evidence of these symptoms. We would like to emphasize that some cases of left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy require urgent management.