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Chest, Unknown Cases, Vascular

Solution to Unknown Case #33 – Ductus Bump or Ductus Diverticulum

History: male involved in high speed motor vehicle accident with chest pain. 

Ductus Diverticulum - Axial CT scan of the chest with intravenous contrast reveals a focal outpouching of the descending aorta at the aortic isthmus (yellow arrow), compatible with a ductus diverticulum or ductus bump.

Ductus Diverticulum – Axial CT scan of the chest with intravenous contrast reveals a focal outpouching of the descending aorta at the aortic isthmus (yellow arrow), compatible with a ductus diverticulum or ductus bump.

Ductus Diverticulum - Sagittal CT of the chest with intravenous contrast reveals a focal outpouching of the aorta at the aortic isthmus (yellow arrow), representing a ductus bump or ductus diverticulum.

Ductus Diverticulum – Sagittal CT scan of the chest with intravenous contrast reveals a focal outpouching of the aorta at the aortic isthmus (yellow arrow), representing a ductus bump or ductus diverticulum.

This is a good example of a ductus diverticulum, or ductus bump. A ductus diverticulum is a focal smooth outpouching of the aortic wall at the aortic isthmus where the obliterated ductus arteriosus (the ligamentum arteriosum) is attached to the aorta. The ductus diverticulum is a normal finding and is present in approximately 9% of adults on aortograms. It is a mimicker of post-traumatic pseudoaneurysms which classically happen in high speed motor vehicle accidents. The differential diagnosis for this appearance includes a ductus diverticulum, a psuedoaneurysm, ulcerated atherosclerotic plaque, a diverticulum of Kommerell, and a true atherosclerotic aneurysm.

An excellent article explaining aortic wall abnormalities can be found here.

Thanks to Justin Tan, M.D. for this great example of a ductus diverticulum.

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I am a radiology physician from California, USA.

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One thought on “Solution to Unknown Case #33 – Ductus Bump or Ductus Diverticulum

  1. Thanks this is what i’ve been looking for!

    Posted by Kalum | July 16, 2013, 7:46 am

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