Aortic Dissection

  • Eric M. Isselbacher
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Abstract

Aortic dissection, also known as dissecting aortic aneurysm, is a life-threatening condition with an early mortality as high as 1% per hour [1]. However, with prompt diagnosis and the institution of appropriate medical or surgical therapy, a patient’s chance of early survival can be as high as 74% to 92% [2]. While most cases of aortic dissection present with classic symptoms, such as severe “sharp” or “stabbing” chest pain, other cases present with much less specific signs or symptoms, making diagnosis a challenge. Therefore, vigilance for any risk factors, symptoms, or physical findings consistent with aortic dissection is essential if a timely diagnosis is to be made.

Keywords

Aortic Aneurysm Aortic Dissection False Lumen Acute Aortic Dissection Aortic Insufficiency 
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