Chest 156; Pseudo-Aneurysm

25 Jan


When damage occurs to the wall of a normal blood vessel and bleeds into body tissues, clotting blood generally causes the hemorrhage  to stop. Leaked blood disperses and is slowly re-absorbed. However if damage occurs to the inner layer of the vessel whilst the soft, thin outer coating is unbroken, the pressure of blood into the area  may cause the thin tissue layer to blow up like a balloon and form a cavity. Pressure does not allow the space to collapse, blood swirls around keeping it open and, indeed, increasing its size. This is known as a pseudo-aneurysm.

The Chest X-ray in this image is from a 40-year-old driver one month after a major accident. He complained of a swelling above the right collarbone (clavicle) and was unable to move his right arm. An X-ray study of the artery – an angiogram – showed a large pseudo-aneurysm.

In my image, I have overlaid the man’s chest X-ray with the angiogram study of the arteries of his right arm. The artery and the aneurysm are depicted in multiple layers and I have used the colour scheme to indicate the dangerous nature of this condition.

8 Responses to “Chest 156; Pseudo-Aneurysm”

  1. Photobooth Journal January 25, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

    It does look dangerous but also embryonic as it looks like it is encased in an egg.

    • Jobeth May 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

      you have such an oprnotupity, so why don’t you try to place a lounge chair in the bath? It is so cool to lay in the bath and your bf/gf reading fairytales for you sitting

    • WI auto quote June 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

      That’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Great posting!

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs January 26, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Interesting post; how does one treat/repair this problem?

  3. paintdigi February 12, 2017 at 3:23 am #

    Good posts, beautiful blog.
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    • Xraypics February 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

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      • paintdigi February 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

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  4. HIMANSHI SHUKLA March 22, 2017 at 1:12 am #

    Whoa! Good info. I always thought that internal bleeding always causes hemorrhage

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