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Bowel opacification in a very low weight born infant due to maternal administration of iodinated contrast agent
  1. Beatriz Muñoz-Fraile1,
  2. David Coca-Robinot1,
  3. Elena Bergón-Sendín2,
  4. Carlos Orbea2,
  5. del Pozo Gloria1,
  6. Carmen Pallás-Alonso2
  1. 1 Department of Pediatric Radiology, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2 Department of Neonatology, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Beatriz Muñoz-Fraile, Department of Pediatric Radiology. Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre, Av de Córdoba s/n., Madrid 28041, Spain; batri_mf{at}

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A 39-year-old woman at 25 weeks of pregnancy with marfanoid habitus and a medical history of thoracic aortic aneurysm, was admitted to the emergency department of our hospital due to thoracic pain. A thoracic angio-CT was performed to rule out an aortic dissection, using the iodinated contrast media ioversol. This examination confirmed the presence of an ascending aortic intramural haematoma.

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  • Contributors BM-F, DC-R and dPG are the paediatric radiologists who analysed the sign of left bowel opacification seen on X-ray. CO and CP-A are the neonatologists who took care of very low weight infants at the neonatal intensive care unit.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.