High-attenuating crescent in abdominal aortic aneurysm wall at CT: A sign of acute or impending rupture

William B. Mehard, Jay Heiken, Gregorio A. Sicard

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PURPOSE: To determine whether a peripheral high-attenuating crescent in an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) on unenhanced computed tomographic (CT) scans is a sign of impending or active aneurysm rupture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CT scans were reviewed of 149 consecutive patients operated on because of AAA who had undergone preoperative unenhanced CT scanning. The presence of a peripheral high-attenuating crescent on CT scans was correlated with surgical findings of aneurysm complication. Aneurysm diameter was correlated with presence or absence of pain at the time of CT, high-attenuating crescent, and aneurysm complication. RESULTS: Sensitivity of the high-attenuating crescent sign as an indication of complicated aneurysm was 77%; specificity, 93%; and positive predictive value, 53%. The sign showed a statistically significant correlation with large aneurysm size (P < .001) and presence of pain at the time of CT (P < .003). CONCLUSION: In patients without CT evidence of frank aneurysm leak, the high-attenuating crescent sign should be regarded as a sign of impending AAA rupture, particularly in patients with pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-362
Number of pages4
JournalRadiology
Volume192
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Aneurysm
Rupture
Pain
Aortic Rupture

Keywords

  • Aneurysm, aortic
  • Aneurysm, rupture
  • Aorta, CT

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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High-attenuating crescent in abdominal aortic aneurysm wall at CT : A sign of acute or impending rupture. / Mehard, William B.; Heiken, Jay; Sicard, Gregorio A.

In: Radiology, Vol. 192, No. 2, 01.01.1994, p. 359-362.

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Mehard, William B. ; Heiken, Jay ; Sicard, Gregorio A. / High-attenuating crescent in abdominal aortic aneurysm wall at CT : A sign of acute or impending rupture. In: Radiology. 1994 ; Vol. 192, No. 2. pp. 359-362.
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