Managing dissections of the thoracic aorta

Am Surg. 2008 May;74(5):364-80.


Thoracic aortic dissection is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality, and it requires timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment. Long-term antihypertensive therapy remains critical for the treatment of this disease. Surgical intervention, although still a formidable undertaking, has evolved to better address both acute and chronic dissection, and the results have improved. Basic and clinical research, as well as technological advances, have increased our understanding of this challenging disease state.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Antihypertensive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / diagnosis
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / prevention & control
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic / surgery*
  • Aortic Dissection / diagnosis
  • Aortic Dissection / prevention & control
  • Aortic Dissection / surgery*
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Humans


  • Antihypertensive Agents