Rupture of thoracic aorta caused by penetrating aortic ulcer

Chest. 1994 Aug;106(2):624-6. doi: 10.1378/chest.106.2.624.


We present the findings in a 57-year-old man with a rupture of the thoracic aorta that originated in a penetrating atherosclerotic aortic ulcer. It formed a large hematoma that clinically mimicked a true saccular thoracic aneurysm. The possibility of penetrating aortic ulcer should be considered in the differential diagnosis of aortic aneurysm.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / diagnosis*
  • Aortic Diseases / complications*
  • Aortic Diseases / diagnosis
  • Aortic Rupture / diagnosis
  • Aortic Rupture / etiology*
  • Arteriosclerosis / complications
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ulcer / complications
  • Ulcer / diagnosis