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2022 Jul




Atypical Presentation of Aortic Dissection in a Young Female and the Utility of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Identifying Aortic Dissection in the Emergency Department.


In the absence of prompt diagnosis and treatment, aortic dissection is an extremely dangerous and often fatal medical condition, of which acute coronary syndrome, stroke, limb ischemia, pulmonary embolism, and acute mesenteric ischemia are all possible manifestations. Neurological manifestations of aortic dissection are often missed at presentation. We report a case of a 23-year-old female without any prior characteristics of connective tissue disorder presenting to the emergency department with headache and right upper limb weakness and the utility of bedside point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for diagnosing aortic dissection.