Ultrasound Case 011


A thin and tall young man presents with back pain.

View 2: Longitudinal view abdominal aorta

Describe and interpret these scans

Image 1: Transverse mid abdominal aorta.

Image 2: Longitudinal view abdominal aorta.

A dissection flap is seen in the abdominal aorta.


Aortic dissection

Ultrasound views of the thoracic aorta are more difficult to attain than views of the abdominal aorta. In this case simple abdominal aortic views confirmed the diagnosis and CTA was expedited, confirming the diagnosis of Type A aortic dissection

Cite this article as: James Rippey, "Ultrasound Case 011," In: LITFL - Life in the FastLane, Accessed on December 3, 2022, https://litfl.com/ultrasound-case-011/.


An Emergency physician based in Perth, Western Australia. Professionally my passion lies in integrating advanced diagnostic and procedural ultrasound into clinical assessment and management of the undifferentiated patient. Sharing hard fought knowledge with innovative educational techniques to ensure knowledge translation and dissemination is my goal. Family, wild coastlines, native forests, and tinkering in the shed fills the rest of my contented time. | SonoCPDUltrasound library | Top 100 | @thesonocave |

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