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Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Acute Abdominal Aortic Occlusion

  • Author(s): Bloom, Benjamin
  • Gibbons, Ryan
  • Brandis, Dov
  • Costantino, Thomas G.
  • et al.

Acute aortic occlusion is an emergent vascular condition not encountered routinely. Given its varied presentations, including neurovascular deficits and mimicking an acute abdomen, the diagnosis is often delayed causing increased morbidity and mortality. We present a case of acute abdominal aortic occlusion masquerading as sudden onset lower extremity pain and weakness in an 86-year-old female requiring emergent thrombectomy. This is only the second case report to discuss the use of point-of-care ultrasound to expedite diagnosis and management.1

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