A "sneaky" symptom of aortic dissection. Brief literature review, physiopathology and diagnostic tools management



  • Carlo Uran | carlura@libero.it Cardiology and Intensive Care Unit, “San Giuseppe e Melorio” Hospital, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy, Italy. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7661-4963
  • Angela Giojelli Diagnostic Imaging Unit, “San Giuseppe e Melorio” Hospital, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy, Italy.


Aortic diseases cover a large spectrum of conditions, such as aortic aneurysm and acute aortic syndromes (i.e., dissections, intramural hematoma, penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer, traumatic aortic injuries, and pseudoaneurysms), genetic diseases (e.g., Marfan syndrome) and congenital abnormalities, such as coarctation of the aorta. These conditions may have an acute presentation; thus, if the acute aortic syndrome is the first sign of the disease, the prognosis is extremely poor. Prompt diagnosis and timely therapy are therefore mandatory. In this paper, we discuss a deceptive symptom of painless aortic dissection and its physiopathology. Furthermore, we briefly review the literature and discuss the management of diagnostic tools.



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Cardiology - Reviews
Aortic dissection, Headache, Echocardiogram, Transesophageal echocardiogram, CT angiography, MRI
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Uran, Carlo, and Angela Giojelli. 2021. “A "sneaky" Symptom of Aortic Dissection. Brief Literature Review, Physiopathology and Diagnostic Tools Management”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 91 (2). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2021.1662.

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