The normal range of postoperative imaging findings are described in 34 asymptomatic patients studied 5-66 months (mean, 28 months) after undergoing the continuous-suture graft-inclusion technique for repair of aortic aneurysms (n = 20) and dissections (n = 14) involving the ascending aorta. All 34 patients underwent magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and 24 patients also underwent computed tomography (CT). Perigraft thickening was seen in 19 patients (56%) with MR imaging and in eight patients (33%) with CT. Flow outside the graft but contained within the native wrap was noted in five patients (15%) with MR imaging and in four patients (17%) with contrast material-enhanced CT. Thrombus was identified outside the graft and within the wrap in seven patients (21%) with MR imaging and in six patients (25%) with CT. Mass effect on the graft was depicted in four patients (12%) with MR imaging and in three patients (13%) with CT. Of the 14 patients who underwent repair of aortic dissections, an intimai flap was seen distal to the graft in seven of the 14 (50%) evaluated with MR imaging and in four of the 10 (40%) evaluated with contrast-enhanced CT. An accurate postoperative imaging evaluation requires precise knowledge of the surgical technique performed and its anatomic consequences.
- Aneurysm, aortic, 561.73
- Aorta, CT, 561.1211
- Aorta, MR, 561.1214
- Aorta, dissection, 561.74
- Aorta, surgery, 561.454, 94.459
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging