International Journal of Cardiovascular ResearchISSN: 2324-8602

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Case Report, Int J Cardiovasc Res Vol: 4 Issue: 2

Aortic Dissection Illustrated

Rami N Khouzam1*, Naglaa Habib2 and Heena Khalid1
1Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
2NSA Pathology laboratory, Cairo, Egypt
Corresponding author : Rami Khouzam, MD
Program Director, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 1614 Dogwood creek Dr, Germantown, TN 38139, USA
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Received: March 11, 2015 Accepted: March 28, 2015 Published: March 30, 2015
Citation: Khouzam RN, Habib Nand, Khalid H (2015) Aortic Dissection Illustrated. Int J Cardiovasc Res 4:2. doi:10.4172/2324-8602.1000203


 Aortic Dissection Illustrated

This case demonstrates a 51 year-old male who presented in severe distress, and diagnosed with type A aortic dissection confirmed on trans esophageal echocardiogram. Arterial lines from both right and left radial arteries attached to different transducers showed an obvious discrepancy in volume and value. Discrepancy between pulses and blood pressures in both arms can be a very helpful hint in the diagnosis of this relatively rare but potentially fatal condition, especially if not recognized early. Students, residents and fellows are always taught to perform a thorough physical exam, including checking blood pressure and pulse in bilateral arms, especially when suspecting aortic dissection.

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