Spontaneous rupture of the thoracic aorta

Christopher B. Komanapalli, Uttam Tripathy, Pasala Ravichandran, Matthew Slater

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Spontaneous rupture of the aorta without previous history of trauma, hypertension, or apparent aortic pathology is exceedingly rare. Delayed or nonoperative repair of this condition is usually lethal. Survival after spontaneous mid arch aortic rupture requires a high index of suspicion, rapid and appropriate diagnostic tests, and early operative repair. Clinical presentation, clues to diagnosis, and optimal management of this entity are discussed.



  • Acute aortic emergencies
  • Aortic rupture
  • Spontaneous

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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