Mimics of complications in the postsurgical aorta at ct

Daniel B. Green, Daniel Vargas, T. Brett Reece, Constantine A. Raptis, W. Russell Johnson, Quynh A. Truong

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Various surgical techniques of the aorta result in expected imaging appearances on CT images that resemble complications such as pseudoaneurysm, perigraft abscess, and dissection. Awareness of these techniques, understanding the clinical situation in which they are performed, and familiarity with the typical appearances and locations of these mimics are essential for accurate interpretation. CT imaging techniques such as electrocardiographic gating and inclusion of a precontrast series can help distinguish an expected postsurgi-cal finding from a complication. Information in the medical record, particularly the operative note, can clarify challenging cases with unusual imaging features. This review article provides examples of expected postsurgical findings at CT mimicking complications.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere190080
JournalRadiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2019


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