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Pictorial essay: Multidetector CT of hepatic artery pathologies

Authors:

D Karaosmanoglu ,

Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA
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B Erol,

Department of Radiology, Antalya Education and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey
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M Karcaaltincaba

Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
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Abstract

The hepatic artery can be involved by a variety of pathology and diseases. Today MDCT enables high quality imaging
of the hepatic artery using axial, MIP and volume rendered images. We illustrate MDCT findings of anatomical variations,
aneurysm, dilatation, dissection, arteriovenous fistula, thrombosis and stenosis. Aneurysms can be saccular,
fusiform and multiple and may develop due to atherosclerosis, vasculitis, trauma and biopsy. Dilatation of hepatic
artery can be seen in portal hypertension, Osler-Weber-Rendu disease and hemangiomatosis. Hepatic artery can be
occluded after trauma and transplantation. Dissection develops due to atherosclerosis, Marfan and Ehler Danlos
syndromes and during pregnancy. Arteriovenous fistula can be congenital and acquired. We conclude that various
hepatic artery pathologies can be confidently diagnosed by MDCT.

How to Cite: Karaosmanoglu D, Erol B, Karcaaltincaba M. Pictorial essay: Multidetector CT of hepatic artery pathologies. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 2012;95(6):345–9. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.719
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Published on 01 Nov 2012.
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