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A series of diseases collectively known as acute aortic syndrome are a class of medical emergencies that involve abrupt, severe issues with the aorta, the major blood conduit that transports blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, and penetrating aortic ulcer are a few of the disorders that are covered under acute aortic syndrome.

Acute Aortic Syndrome :‎ [MEDNOTES+MINDMAP]

  • Definition:

    • Acute Aortic Syndrome is a group of life-threatening conditions that affect the aorta
    • This condition can involve the aorta’s inner lining (intima), middle layer (media), or outer layer (adventitia).
    • Most common types are aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, and penetrating aortic ulcer.
  • Epidemiology:

    • Rare condition, but it can occur at any age.
    • More common in men than in women.

 

  • Natural history:

    • Can progress rapidly and can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.
    • Prognosis depends on the type and severity of the condition, as well as the patient’s age and overall health.
  • Classification/Types/Stages:

    • Aortic Dissection:
      • Aortic dissection is a tear in the inner lining of the aorta, which allows blood to flow between the layers of the aortic wall.
      • This can cause the aorta to become dilated and can lead to aortic rupture, which is a medical emergency.
      • Aortic dissection can be classified as either DeBakey type I (affecting the ascending aorta) or DeBakey type II (affecting the descending aorta).
      • Aortic dissection can also be classified as Stanford type A (involving the ascending aorta) or Stanford type B (involving the descending aorta).
    • Intramural Hematoma:
      • Intramural hematoma is a collection of blood within the wall of the aorta, without a tear in the inner lining.
      • This can cause the aorta to become distorted and can lead to aortic rupture.
      • Intramural hematoma is often associated with hypertension.
    • Penetrating Aortic Ulcer:
      • A penetrating aortic ulcer is a type of aortic dissection that begins with an ulceration in the inner lining of the aorta, which can then progress to a full-thickness tear.
      • This condition is often associated with atherosclerosis.
  • Risk Factors

    • High blood pressure
    • Smoking
    • Hypertension
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Genetic predisposition (Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome)
  • Etiology/Causes

    • Aortic dissection: tear in the inner lining of the aorta leading to blood flow between layers of the aortic wall
    • Aortic aneurysm: ballooning or bulging of the aorta
    • Aortic intramural hematoma: bleeding within the wall of the aorta
  • Signs

    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Rapid pulse
    • Syncope (fainting)
    • Leg weakness
    • Abdominal pain
  • Symptoms

    • Chest pain (sharp, tearing, or ripping sensation)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Rapid pulse
    • Sweating
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Syncope (fainting)
  • Pathology/Pathogenesis

    • Aortic dissection: separation of the inner and middle layers of the aortic wall leading to blood flow through the tear
    • Aortic aneurysm: ballooning or bulging of the aorta due to weakened walls
    • Aortic intramural hematoma: bleeding within the wall of the aorta due to damage to the inner lining of the aorta
  • Diagnosis/Laboratory Diagnosis
    • Physical examination
    • Echocardiography
    • Computed Tomography (CT) scan
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    • Angiography
  • Tests Required
    • Blood tests (including white blood cell count and CRP)
    • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
    • Chest X-ray
  • Associated with/Strongly Associated with
    • Hypertension
    • Marfan syndrome
    • Bicuspid aortic valve
    • Aortitis
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Previous aortic surgery
  • Similar diseases/syndromes
    • Aortic dissection
    • Aortic aneurysm
    • Aortic stenosis
  • Treatment
    • Emergency surgery
    • Medications to lower blood pressure and reduce stress on the aorta
    • Close monitoring for complications (such as stroke or organ damage)
    • Follow-up care to prevent further aortic damage

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