Title

Penetrating atherosclerotic aortic ulcers.

Publication/Presentation Date

12-1-1994

Abstract

Penetrating atherosclerotic aortic ulceration is a unique disease with distinct management and prognostic implications. It is an important clinical entity that must be distinguished from classic aortic dissection and rapid expansion or contained rupture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Although symptoms of penetrating aortic ulceration may mimic dissection, the characteristic signs of dissection are absent. New imaging modalities have made it possible to establish the diagnosis of penetrating aortic ulceration with a high degree of accuracy and to tailor management according to the presence of complications. Physicians should be aware of the possibility of atherosclerotic aortic ulceration, particularly in elderly patients with systemic atherosclerosis and hypertension who have sudden onset of chest or back pain.

Volume

128

Issue

6 Pt 1

First Page

1210

Last Page

1217

ISSN

0002-8703

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

7985603

Department(s)

Department of Medicine, Cardiology Division

Document Type

Article

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