Acute Aortic Dissection

Authors: Gary L A Cumberbatch / Editor: Jason M Kendall / Reviewer: Iolo Roberts, Michael Perry, Philip Delbridge / Code: A1, R1, R2 / Published: 15/12/2023

This session covers the diagnosis and initial management of a patient with acute aortic dissection.

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms and signs of acute aortic dissection
  • Describe the pathophysiology of the disease
  • Determine the value and limitations of the various tests that can be used to confirm the presence of an acute aortic dissection
  • Plan definitive intervention for different types of aortic dissection and control blood pressure where required.


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