Diagnostic Highlights

General Comments: Because this condition causes no symptoms, it is often diagnosed through routine physical exams or chest x-rays.

Test

Normal Result

Abnormality with Condition

Explanation

Computed tomography (CT) scan

Chest x-ray

Negative study Negative study

Locates outpouching within the aortic wall

May show widened mediastinum or enlarged calcified aortic shadow. Traumatic aneurysm may be associated with skeletal fractures.

Assesses size and location of aneurysm

Assesses size and location of aneurysm

Other Tests: Electrocardiogram, chest x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), transthoracic echocardiography with Doppler color flow mapping, transesophageal echocardiography, aortic angiography

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