Definition of "Aortic rupture"

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Aortic rupture is rupture/breakage of the aorta (i.e. largest artery in the body).

Sx
  • Tearing pain, located in the abdomen, flank, groin, or back
  • LOC (loss of consciousness)
  • Hypotension, from volemic shock
  • Tachycardia
  • Cyanosis (blue discloration of skin)
  • Altered mental state
  • Grey Turner's sign (bruising of the flank), a sign of retroperitoneal bleeding
Cause
  • AAA, that has ruptured spontaneously, most commonly
  • Traumatic aortic rupture
Prognosis
  • Extremely dangerous condition
Epidemiology
  • Rare
See also
  • Aortic dissection (TEAR through the inner wall of the aorta that can block flow of blood through the aorta to the heart or abdominal organs)
  • AAA (common cause)

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