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A 25-year-old male asked:

would the docs know if i have dissection of the aorta without any scans? if they say we would know?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
They can: often tell by history and physical if your symptoms are due to a dissection of the aorta or not. You had an echo which is a scan and they may or may not have looked at part of your aorta during that exam. It all depends on where your pain is located. A simple ultrasound can rule out an aortic dissection. The mean age this occurs is in the 60s, sometimes in the 40s (unless you have Marfans synd)
Dr. Gloria Fong
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Aortic dissection: If you have a dissection, you would know. A dissection is a tear and as the tear progress there is intense pain. That is different from an aneurysm which is a bulge in the wall and that you would not feel. Imaging studies would pick both abnormalities.

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