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Aorto-caval fistula clinically presenting as left renal colic. Findings of multislice computed tomography.
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PMID:  18791339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Spontaneous aorto-caval fistula is a rare complication of abdominal aortic aneurysm. A definitive diagnosis is sometimes difficult, as the classic diagnostic signs (pulsatile abdominal mass with bruit, high-output hearth failure, and acute dyspnea) are present in about half of the patients. Diagnosis may be suspected from clinical symptoms, but sometimes atypical clinical features may obscure the actual situation. Computed tomography findings include early detection of contrast medium in the dilated inferior vena cava, which is isodense with the adjacent aorta, an associated aortic aneurysm, loss of normal anatomic space between aorta and vena cava, and rarely one can even visualize the abnormal communication between aorta and vena cava. Prompt radiological diagnosis is of key importance in the management of these patients. We describe findings of multislice computed tomography of the patient with dissecting aortic aneurysm and aortocaval fistula, clinically presenting as left renal colic. Multislice computed tomography is the imaging modality of choice for diagnosis of abdominal vascular pathology as it is noninvasive, fast and demonstrates a high diagnostic accuracy.
Donatas Gedvilas; Diana Argatu; Saulius Lukosevicius; Algidas Basevicius
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania)     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1648-9144     ISO Abbreviation:  Medicina (Kaunas)     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9425208     Medline TA:  Medicina (Kaunas)     Country:  Lithuania    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  619-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Kaunas University of Medicine, Eiveniu 2, 50009 Kaunas, Lithuania.
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