Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Cough and right lower zone crackles ? pneumonia or pleural effusion.

Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Male

Widening of descending thoracic aorta shadow. Abdominal aorta stent graft partially imaged. Stable left lower zone atelectasis. No focal consolidation to suggest pneumonia. Heart size is normal.


Previous sternotomy and coronary artery graft surgery. Grafts appear densely calcified of the native coronary vessels.

5.4 x 5.7 cm proximal descending thoracic aortic aneurysm.

Mild cardiomegaly and anemia.

Case Discussion

  • thoracic aortic aneurysms are less common than AAA
  • descending thoracic aorta is the second most common location (after ascending aorta)
  • there is a wide range of causes
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Case information

rID: 33427
Published: 13th Jan 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest, Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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