October 1982

Painless Dissection of the Descending Aorta Detected by Two-dimensional Echocardiography

Author Affiliations

From the Cardiology Section, Department of Medicine, Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center (Drs Cohen and Sidhu), and the Department of Medicine, the Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston (Dr Cohen). Dr Cohen is now with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, and the Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services, University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(10):1932-1934. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340230180030

• The cause of sudden circulatory collapse in an apparently stable, hospitalized patient was diagnosed at bedside as painless dissection of the descending aorta using two-dimensional echocardiography. The clinical manifestation, some newer causes, and the potential applicability of bedside, twodimensional echocardiography in the diagnosis of aortic dissection are discussed.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1932-1934)