Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Case contributed by Dr Marcin Czarniecki


70 year old female presented with an exacerbation of congestive heart failure.

Patient Data

Age: 70

Chest X-ray AP and lateral

Modality: X-ray

Opacity projects over the left mid and and lower zones. Hilum overlay sign shows that this is either in the anterior or posterior mediastinum and the lateral projection confirms a posterior mediastinal mass. The case was further worked-up with contrast CT of the thorax.

Contrast CT thorax

Modality: CT

 CT thorax confirmed a thoracic aortic aneurysm

Case Discussion

Thoracic aortic aneurysm are typically easily visible on chest x-rays and are often an incidental finding. 

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Case Information

rID: 30839
Case created: 6th Sep 2014
Last edited: 9th Jan 2016
Systems: Chest, Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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