A 43-year-old member asked:
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how is an aortic dissection diagnosed or ruled out?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Imaging study: Either identifying or ruling out aortic dissection requires an advanced imaging study. Most commonly this is a ct scan with contrast. A chest x-ray is not adequate to rule out aortic dissection in almost all cases.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
20 years experience Vascular Surgery
CTA or MRA: The best and quickest test is ct angiography. Mri or mra is also excellent but take longer time and not always available ..
Answered on Sep 15, 2013
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Yes: If associated with inheritable collagen diseases. However, it is usually related to elevated blood pressure.
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Sure: Typically in the young if a dissection is considered it is related to trauma or a congenital connective tissue disease such as ehler's danlos or marfa ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Milunski
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Aortic dissection: Probably the best studies are either a magnetic resonance angiogram (mra) or a computed tomography angiogram (cta) of the chest and abdomen.
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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
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Aortic dissection: It depends upon extent of dissection and type of dissection.

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