Acute dissection of the thoracic aorta.

  title={Acute dissection of the thoracic aorta.},
  author={Shahid Aziz and David R Ramsdale},
  journal={Hospital medicine},
  volume={65 3},
Aortic dissection is an acute medical emergency with a high mortality. Crucial to improving survival is early recognition and appropriate treatment. This review describes the presenting clinical features and imaging techniques used in the diagnosis of aortic dissection and outlines the treatment modalities.