Pathology slide of an aortic dissection. This damaged aorta was surgically removed and replaced by an artificial vessel.
Aortic dissection occurs when a small tear develops in the wall of the aorta. The tear forms an additional pathway for
blood flow within that section of the aorta and causes the layers of the aorta to separate and weaken.
Aortic dissection is a serious condition. In some cases,
the tear can extend through all layers of the aorta, resulting in massive blood
loss and death.
Chronic high blood pressure, Marfan Syndrome, or atherosclerosis may increase your risk for aortic dissection.
Surgical treatment for aortic
dissection involves the removal of the most severely damaged portion of aorta
and replacement of the damaged section with a graft.
An alternative, minimally invasive approach
is thoracic endovascular aorta repair. In this procedure, a stent graft is inserted via
catheter inside the damaged portion of the aorta to strengthen it and prevent
blood from flowing between the layers of the aortic wall.
Our surgeons who treat this condition