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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31828879ff
Case Reports

Spontaneous Acute Aortic Dissection in Pregnancy: Report of a Case Devoid of Known Risk Factors

Nath, Dhritiman MD*; Vaideeswar, Pradeep MD; Rojekar, Amey MD; Vaz, Walter MD*

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Abstract: Acute aortic dissection in pregnancy is a rare condition with a potentially catastrophic outcome. The low rate of incidence together with variable presenting features in such circumstances makes diagnosis elusive. A high degree of clinical suspicion and diagnostic acumen is especially required in pregnant women without any history of connective tissue disorder, congenital aortic valvular malformation, or chronic hypertension. In this report, we present a case of aortic dissection with multiple aortic intimal tears in a medicolegal autopsy of a young pregnant woman who developed circulatory collapse and died during labor.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


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