If the bubble bursts.... EMS response to aortic aneurysms & dissections.

Brendan Anzalone, William Thomas Crow, Steven K. Costalas

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Abstract

An aortic disease patient is typically an older male with a history of atherosclerosis and hypertension. He might have Marfanoid characteristics, a history of cocaine or methamphetamine abuse or history of syphilis. Alternatively, suspect dissection in a pregnant female with complaints consistent with possible aortic problems. During your assessment, zero in on the patient's anatomy. Include aortic phenomena in your differential for chest and back pain. Take blood pressures in both arms. Search the abdomen for pulsatile masses, and be wary of hoarseness and Horner's syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJEMS : a journal of emergency medical services
Volume27
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002

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