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Acute Aortic Syndromes: Current Status

Ridge, Carole A. FFRRCSI*; Litmanovich, Diana E. MD

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000155
Symposium Review Articles

The term acute aortic syndrome comprises aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, and penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer. The most recent developments in acute aortic syndromes include (1) a change in the mindset that each entity is pathologically distinct, with a shift toward considering the acute aortic syndromes as points along a spectrum of aortic disease, (2) the optimization of aortic imaging quality and radiation dose, and (3) surgical or endovascular management. This review article focuses on how these developments pertain to thoracic radiologists.

*Department of Radiology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Section of Thoracic Imaging, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence to: Carole A. Ridge, FFRRCSI, Department of Radiology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin 7, Ireland (e-mail:

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