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Unusual presenting of acute aortic dissection due to penetrating atheromatous ulcer

Published:January 23, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2014.01.019
      Penetrating atheromatous ulcer (PAU) is an atherosclerotic ulcer penetrating the internal elastic lamina of the aortic wall causing a hematoma within the media layer of aorta. They are commonly located in the descending aorta of the elderly and hypertensive patients. They may rarely be complicated by aortic dissection. We report a relative young normotensive patient presenting with acute aortic dissection due to PAU located in the ascending aorta.
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