Diffuse aortic atherosclerosis
CTA Abdominal aorta and iliac arteries
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Tortuous abdominal aorta, with focal ectasias and infrarenal aneurysm.
This case illustrates a common finding in the aorta e major arteries in the elderly population: arteriosclerosis.
A plaque is a raised focal lesion within the intima. It comprises a soft necrotic core (predominantly lipids, foam cells and debris) surrounded by chronic inflammatory cells, smooth muscle cells and neovascularisation, and covered by a fibrous cap. Plaques often undergo calcification, like on these images.