Rupturing abdominal aortic aneurysm

Case contributed by Dr Michael P Hartung


Abdominal pain, high blood pressure.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

8.0 cm infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm with surrounding high-attenuation stranding. Mass effect on the left ureter. 

Case Discussion

Rupturing 8 cm abdominal aortic aneurysm evidenced by relatively subtle surrounding high attenuation stranding, indicating blood products. Another hint that the expansion of the aneurysm is acute is the mass effect and hydronephrosis on the left kidney. The patient unfortunately suffered cardiac arrest in the ED and was unable to be resuscitated.

The key teaching point in this case is that the findings of acute rupture can be relatively subtle but nonetheless extremely important to detect, as evidenced by this patients rapid clinical decline.

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Case information

rID: 73709
Published: 20th Jan 2020
Last edited: 20th Jan 2020
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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