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Type A aortic dissection: Why there is still a role for echocardiography when every second counts

Lookup NU author(s): Peter LukeORCiD, Karen Booth, Professor Christopher EggettORCiD



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Aortic dissection is often regarded as a catastrophic aortic syndrome with high rates of mortality. The sensitivity and specificity of transthoracic echocardiography when diagnosing acute type A aortic dissection has been reported as high as 97% and 100%, respectively, in patients with optimal imaging quality when compared to computed tomography. In this article, we discuss the benefit of transthoracic echocardiography in a patient with type A aortic dissection extending from ascending aorta to iliac arteries

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Author(s): Luke P, Booth K, Kindawi A, Eggett C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports

Year: 2020

Volume: 8

Print publication date: 18/12/2020

Online publication date: 18/12/2020

Acceptance date: 22/10/2020

Date deposited: 18/02/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2050-313X

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/2050313X20973086


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