Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer - ascending aorta

Case contributed by Dr Jens Christian Fischer

Presentation

Sudden onset chest pain

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer of the ascending aorta with mediastinal hematoma and compression of the pulmonary artery.

Case Discussion

This patient underwent surgery with successful replacement of the ascending aorta and the aortic arch. Unfortunately, patient succumbed 2 weeks later secondary to multi-organ failure.

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