False Inferior Pseudoaneurysm: Two-Dimensional and Doppler Echocardiographic Findings

Janis Rosenfeld, R. P. Cochran, Mannil Abraham, L. David Hillis, Anne L. Taylor

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The noninvasive differentiation of true aneurysm from pseudoaneurysm is sensitively and specifically accomplished with two-dimensional echocardiography. Recent reports suggest that Doppler flow patterns may further enhance the specificity of the diagnosis of pseudoaneurysm. We present a patient with ventriculographic and two-dimensional echocardiographic features of an inferior pseudoaneurysm. Doppler examination, however, failed to show phasic flow characteristic of a small communicating orifice between two larger chambers. At surgery, a large posterolateral true aneurysm was found. Thus the addition of Doppler flow patterns to imaging information may help to distinguish pseudoaneurysms from true aneurysms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-353
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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