A Systematic Review of Arterial Dissections in COVID-19 Patients

Curr Cardiol Rev. 2023;19(1):e280622206435. doi: 10.2174/1573403X18666220628093303.


Introduction: COVID-19 is often seen presenting with a myriad of signs and symptoms of multiorgan dysfunction including arterial dissection.

Methods: Various theories have been proposed such as endothelial dysfunction triggered by hyperinflammatory response that results in rupture of atherosclerotic plaque and subsequent dissection.

Results: However, the exact incidence is unknown and only case reports and case series have been published till date.

Conclusion: Here we carried out a systematic analysis of published case reports/series related to dissection of the aorta, coronary, cerebral, vertebral, cervical, renal, and splanchnic arteries.

Keywords: Aortic dissection; SARS-COV-2; arterial dissections; carotid dissection; coronavirus; vasculitis.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Dissection* / etiology
  • COVID-19*
  • Dissection, Blood Vessel*
  • Humans