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Editor's Correspondence
November 12, 2001

Clinical Diagnosis of Acute Aortic Dissection

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(20):2507. doi:

The recent article by von Kodolitsch et al1 demonstrates the poor discriminatory ability of individual clinical symptoms toward the diagnosis of acute aortic dissection. The recent emphasis on the use of likelihood ratios to emphasize symptoms, signs, and diagnostic tests has greatly enhanced appreciation of clinical data.2

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