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Keywords

aortic dissection, circulatory arrest, deep hypothermia, Type A dissection, Type B dissection

 

Authors

  1. Nauer, Kathleen A. RN, BSN

Abstract

This article will review important elements involved in caring for the patient experiencing an acute dissection of the aorta. The etiology and classification system, signs and symptoms, diagnostic methods, indications for operation, circulatory arrest/deep hypothermia, surgical techniques, and complications of surgery will be discussed.