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A 41-year-old member asked:

whats the diffrence from a ruptured aortic or just a gas pain in the stomach?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Life and death: A ruptured aorta is a generally rapid and lethal illness demanding immediate assessment (echo and angiography) and, if feasible, urgent surgery. The pain (often in the back) is severe, prolonged and not debatable (no doubt bad things happening). Gas pains can be short in duration, come and go, and relieved by burping, passing gas, or antacids. If you're asking, it's not a ruptured aorta.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik commented
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
clearcut distinction
Mar 13, 2012

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