How is an aortic dissection diagnosed or ruled out?

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 ..
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.

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Possible aortic dissection in teen?

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 marfans. Read more...
See a doctor. aortic dissection is a life threatening emergency. unlikely in teens but possible especially if there is a connective tissue disorder. if you have any concern about an aortic dissection, seek medical attention immediately. . Read more...

Can aortic dissection be inherited?

Yes. If associated with inheritable collagen diseases. However, it is usually related to elevated blood pressure. Read more...

How to tell if you have an aortic dissection?

Aortic dissection. Probably the best studies are either a magnetic resonance angiogram (mra) or a computed tomography angiogram (cta) of the chest and abdomen. Read more...

How do you cope with type b aortic dissection?

Blood pressure . 90% of type b dissection are managed medically with blood pressure control in the acute phase. In cases of rupture, decrease perfusion to organs like intestines kidneys or legs the patient will need surgery or stenting. In chronic cases you need follow up ct scan to assess the aorta for aneurysmal degeneration. Read more...

For how long do aortic dissection symptoms last?

Dissection. The pain of aortic dissection can stop when the dissection stabilizes, the patient dies or has effective treatment. The time any of these takes is highly variable. Read more...

How common is aortic dissection in a 23yo female?

No common at all. Unless you suffer from a congenital aneurysm (such as of the Sinus of valsalva), Marfan's Syndrome, and/or have certain rheumatologic conditions that cause laxity and/or change in composition of vessel wall. Tobacco use is not good for lining of any vessels either. Read more...
Rare. Is there a reason you would ask? It is pretty uncommon except in certain diseases. Read more...

What are the signs of having an aortic dissection?

Pain. The overwhelming symptom is of pain, whether the back or chest. If is of a severe, sharp nature. Otherwise, symptoms related to reduced blood flow can ensue such as a faint pulse, rapid heart rate. Read more...

I had a aortic dissection. Could I survive another?

Possibly. Aortic dissections are incredibly complex conditions. Your long-term prognosis would be based on many factors. Normally, the complications of dissection would in the short-term involve blood flow to your major organs. In the long-term complications include aneurysm formation. Please contact a vascular specialist for further information. Read more...