Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


The patient attend A and E with a fever. Chest x-ray performed as part of a 'septic screen'.

Patient Data

Age: 85 years old
Gender: Female

Gross dilatated aneurysmal thoracic aorta, giving rise to a highly abnormal mediastinal outline.

Case Discussion

The majority of thoracic aortic aneurysms are atherosclerotic and thus typically elderly patients.

They are frequently asymptomatic and identified on chest imaging - radiograph or CT - performed for other purposes.


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Case information

rID: 26956
Published: 15th Jan 2014
Last edited: 12th Mar 2016
System: Chest, Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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