ISSN 1305-3825 | E-ISSN 1305-3612
Chest Imaging - Case Report 2016
Ruptured type B aortic dissection presenting with right hemothorax
1 From the Departments of Radiology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
2 Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
3 From the Departments of Vascular Surgery, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
4 Department of Radiology Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.  
Diagn Interv Radiol 2008; 14: 6-8

Key Words: ruptured aortic dissection • computed tomography • hemothorax
Abstract

We report a patient with type B aortic dissection which ruptured into the right hemithorax to call attention to this infrequent presentation and to accentuate the value of computed tomography angiography (CTA) with multiplanar reformatting in localizing the dissection and demonstrating the rupture site. CTA in combination with 2- and 3-dimensional reformatting is crucial for surgical planning because of the low specificity of transesophageal echocardiography in the ascending aorta.

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