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Corresponding author: Rupak Desai drrupakdesai@gmail.com

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  • aortocaval fistula
  • iliac artery aneurysm
  • endovascular therapy
  • physical examination

The Physical Examination Does Matter: A Case of Spontaneous Aortocaval Fistula


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A spontaneous aortocaval fistula is a rare complication of abdominal aortic aneurysms. In 50 percent of the patients, it presents with the classic signs of a pulsatile abdominal mass, continuous bruit, and low back pain. A high degree of clinical suspicion and a well-performed physical examination are important for its timely diagnosis.

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© 2017, Desai et al.

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