PMID: 3718624Jul 1, 1986Paper

Painless dissection of the thoracic aorta

The American Journal of Emergency Medicine
W R Greenwood, M D Robinson


A 64-year-old man presented to an emergency department with a two-week history of intermittent, bilateral lower extremity paralysis without associated chest, abdominal, or back pain. He subsequently deteriorated and died as a result of a thoracic aortic dissection. This unusual case is reported, and the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of aortic dissection are discussed.


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