Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Case contributed by Dr Marcin Czarniecki

Presentation

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

Patient Data

Age: 70
X-ray

Chest X-ray AP and lateral

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.

CT

Contrast CT thorax

 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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