Aortic Dissection Imaging
Overview
Classic aortic dissection is a longitudinal split or partition in the media of the aorta. An intimal tear connects the media with the aortic lumen, and an exit tear creates a true and a false lumen. The smaller true lumen is lined by intima, and the false lumen is lined by media. Typically, flow in the false lumen is slower than in the true lumen, and the false lumen often becomes aneurysmal when subjected to systemic pressure. An acute aortic dissection is considered chronic at 2 weeks. The dissection usually stops at an aortic branch vessel or at the level of an atherosclerotic plaque...
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