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Do a lot of people get dissecting aortic aneurysm?
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
About 2000 new cases/yr in the US.
Very high mortality. Hard to estimate actual occurrence, 1-3%of all autopsies or 1/350 cadavers. Very high mortality if ascending aorta involved. High index of suspicion, symptoms not consistent. If ascending aorta involved, emergency surgery needed. Most of descending aorta dissections can be managed medically into chronic. Periodic cat scans to monitor needed.

In brief: No
About 2000 new cases/yr in the US.
Very high mortality. Hard to estimate actual occurrence, 1-3%of all autopsies or 1/350 cadavers. Very high mortality if ascending aorta involved. High index of suspicion, symptoms not consistent. If ascending aorta involved, emergency surgery needed. Most of descending aorta dissections can be managed medically into chronic. Periodic cat scans to monitor needed.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: No
It's pretty rare.

In brief: No
It's pretty rare.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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