Abdominal aortic aneurysm

Case contributed by Dr Tee Yu Jin

Presentation

Presented to the Emergency Department with throbbing abdominal pain localizing to the epigastric and umbilical regions

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

CTA abdominal aorta in Flat panel

CT

A fusiform aneurysm of the abdominal aorta with a maximal diameter of 5.4cm. No evidence of hemorrhage.

CTA of the Abdominal Aorta in Virtual Reality

CT

The study was evaluated in stereoscopic 3D using Medicalholodeck VR dicom viewer.

Case Discussion

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are focal dilatations of the abdominal aorta. They can be asymptomatic or present with abdominal or back pain. Large aneurysms may present as pulsatile abdominal mass. Many AAA are diagnosed incidentally during imaging for other indications.

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