Diffuse aortic atherosclerosis

Case contributed by Bruno Di Muzio
Diagnosis certain

Patient Data

Age: 76
Gender: Male

CTA Abdo aorta & iliac arts


Tortuous abdominal aorta, with focal ectasias and infrarenal aneurysm.

Case Discussion

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 neovascularization, and covered by a fibrous cap. Plaques often undergo calcification, like on these images.


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