Cardiothoracic Imaging
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Image finding: Abnormal aorta (aneurysm)




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Computed tomography
Echo LPLA view
Echo LPLA view
Follow-up radiograph


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The aortic arch can be distinguished between its ascending and descending limbs and the aortic knob which defines the transition. Elderly individuals with a history of hypertension commonly have an ectatic aortic configuration which encompasses both ascending and descending portions and often produces a more tortuous descending aortic pattern. Enlargement of the ascending aorta can be found with Marfan's disease, aortic insufficiency, post-stenotic dilation and aortic aneurysms.

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