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Type II DeBakey dissection with complete aortic rupture visualized by unenhanced postmortem imaging

By Nicole Schwendener, Michael Mund and Christian Jackowski


We present postmortem computed tomography (pmCT) as well as postmortem magnetic resonance (pmMR) imaging findings in a case of type II DeBakey aortic dissection with a complete rupture of the ascending aorta compared to the findings obtained at forensic autopsy. PmCT only allowed a presumptive diagnosis of aortic dissection based on an anterior mediastinal enlargement. However, at pmMR the dissection including the aortic rupture was clearly visible. Visualization was realized in an unenhanced manner without the need for postmortem angiography

Topics: 610 Medicine & health
Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.09.002
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