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Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of an Atypical Acute Aortic Dissection

  • Author(s): Wroblewski, Richard
  • Gibbons, Ryan
  • Costantino, Thomas
  • et al.
Abstract

Aortic dissections have a vast array of clinical presentations that rarely follow traditional teachings. Dissections are rapidly fatal conditions requiring immediate diagnosis and treatment to reduce morbidity and mortality. We present a case of an acute aortic dissection presenting as abrupt onset, atraumatic leg pain with absent distal extremity pulses. The prompt use of point-of-care ultrasound detected an intimal flap within the abdominal aorta allowing immediate surgical consultation and intervention.

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