strength in numbers: aortic dissection

24 Feb

just to scare you, and/or keep you on your toes (from the Oct/Nov EMRA mag):

5% of acute aortic dissections will NOT have associated pain

 

38% will NOT have a widened mediastinum on CXR

 

12% will have syncope

 

2-5% have concurrent MI (proximal dissection into the RCA)

 

up to 30% have acute neuro deficits

 

References: EMRA article, picture

 

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2 Responses to “strength in numbers: aortic dissection”

  1. sinclairsharon28 February 24, 2015 at 14:35 #

    Reblogged this on EKG Technician.

  2. veinmaster February 24, 2015 at 22:23 #

    High index of suspicion. Low threshold for CT.

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