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Widened mediastinum: Sensitivity and Specificity

Introduction: None written. Excerpt from the entry in Traumatic Aortic Injury:
Note that around 40% (!) of 'widened' mediastinums seen on supine radiographs will appear normal on upright views.

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Associated Diagnoses:

Traumatic Aortic Injury

53% sensitive, 59% specific

Aortic Dissection

90% sensitive, 90% specific