ABCs of: Aortic Dissection – Understanding The Facts Behind
Aortic dissection occurs when a tear in the intima of the aortic wall causes blood to flow between the tunica intima and media. 1 It has a worldwide annual incidence ranging from 0.5 to 2.95 cases per 100,000 people; men over the age of 50 are predominantly affected. 1
We take a brief look at aortic dissection in our fact sheet, ranging from clinical presentation and classification to management and complications.
Content – Mufaro Mutoti; Design – Chia Yen Lek (SIGMUM Committee of 2021/2022)
- Black III JH & Hicks CW. Aortic dissection. BMJ Best Practice. Jan 2021. https://bestpractice.bmj.com/topics/en-gb/445. Last accessed 13 March 2021.
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