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What is a dissecting aortic aneurysm?

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Amanda Xi
General Practice
14 doctors agree

In brief: Serious condition

An aortic dissection is when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta [which is a large blood vessel that branches from the heart] and blood enters between the inner and middle layers, causing them to separate.
If the wall ruptures, then it is often fatal. If detected and treated early on, your chances of survival improves. With appropriate treatment your risk of death is 10%.

In brief: Serious condition

An aortic dissection is when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta [which is a large blood vessel that branches from the heart] and blood enters between the inner and middle layers, causing them to separate.
If the wall ruptures, then it is often fatal. If detected and treated early on, your chances of survival improves. With appropriate treatment your risk of death is 10%.
Amanda Xi
Amanda Xi
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Inner tear

It is a tear in the wall of the aorta with blood flowing between aortic layers.
It can cause rupture but the major risk happen from extension of this tear into major arterial branches like the coronary arteries causing hear attack , into carotids causing stroke, into mesenteric arteries causing dead guts , or into aortic valve or into pericardium which encases the heart causing sudden death.

In brief: Inner tear

It is a tear in the wall of the aorta with blood flowing between aortic layers.
It can cause rupture but the major risk happen from extension of this tear into major arterial branches like the coronary arteries causing hear attack , into carotids causing stroke, into mesenteric arteries causing dead guts , or into aortic valve or into pericardium which encases the heart causing sudden death.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Christopher White
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Tear in Aorta

Dissection is an emergency.

In brief: Tear in Aorta

Dissection is an emergency.
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Dr. Christopher White
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