Penetrating aortic ulcer with haemorrhage (a missed case)

Case contributed by Dr Saleh Saleh


Acute abdominal pain that radiates to the back. ECG in the ambulance was ok, air saturation was ok, but she was falling blood pressure and no pulse, but otherwise unaffected. The patient came directly to the radiology department and was then admitted to the ICU.

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Female

Intramural haematoma can be distinguished from mural thrombus by identification of the intima:
Mural thrombus lies on top of the intima (which is frequently calcified) Intramural haematoma is subintimal.

Case Discussion

The density of the aortic wall corresponding blood density and not atheroscleros as it was misstaken the mass in the posterior mediastinal mass has the density of blood and proved to be blood, even on the right side. Intramural haematoma weakened the aorta and progressed to outward rupture of the aortic wall and bleeding in the mediastinum. It may have been caused by a penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer.

Patient died within two hours after CT.

Summary: acute deterioration plus intramural haemorrhage suggest that changes in the mediastinum and the pleura are most likely to be blood.

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Case information

rID: 14458
Case created: 27th Jul 2011
Last edited: 28th Sep 2015
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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