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Iatrogenic Aortic Dissection Presenting with Leg Pain Diagnosed with Point-of-care Ultrasound

  • Author(s): Friedman, Matthew
  • Gollogly, Armin
  • Pena, Enrique
  • Johnson, Jennifer
  • Dulani, Tina
  • et al.

Iatrogenic aortic dissection (IAD) status-post-cardiac catheterization is a rare complication often isolated to the proximal aorta. This is a case of IAD isolated to the distal aorta in a 41-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with right leg pain after undergoing three cardiac catheterizations. The diagnosis of IAD was made upon discovery of an intimal flap in the distal aorta and femoral artery while performing a point-of-care ultrasound to evaluate for deep vein thrombosis.

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