The diagnosis of aortic dissection by emergency medicine ultrasound

J Emerg Med. 2007 Feb;32(2):191-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2006.07.020. Epub 2007 Jan 22.


A series of five cases of aortic dissection are presented that were diagnosed by emergency physicians using ultrasound to search the abdominal and thoracic aorta for pathology. Aortic dissection is a vascular emergency with a high morbidity and mortality, yet its presentation can be varied and subtle. This article reports the use of Emergency ultrasound in a series of five aortic dissections discovered with a limited, yet timely viewing of the aorta and heart by emergency physicians.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Pain / etiology
  • Aged
  • Aneurysm, Dissecting / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aortic Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging*
  • Chest Pain / etiology
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed