The diagnosis of intramural hematoma by echocardiography classically requires the presence of an echolucent, crescentic region in the wall of the aorta. Recently we have encountered 2 patients in whom intramural hematoma was characterized only by thickening of the aortic wall, which was circumferential in one patient, thus making the diagnosis difficult to distinguish from common atherosclerotic thickening of the aorta. In one case, computed tomography showed more clearly the abnormal tissue signature of the intramural blood. In summary, absence of an echolucent zone does not exclude the diagnosis of intramural hematoma. Alternative imaging procedures such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging may enhance the diagnostic accuracy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography|
|State||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine