Type B Aortic Dissections: Current Guidelines for Treatment.

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Type B Aortic Dissections: Current Guidelines for Treatment.

Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug;35(3):387-410

Authors: Alfson DB, Ham SW

Stanford type B aortic dissections (TBADs) involve the descending aorta and can present with complications, including malperfusion syndrome or aortic rupture, which are associated with significant morbidity and mortality if left untreated. Clinical diagnosis is straightforward, typically confirmed using CT angiography. Treatment begins with immediate anti-impulse medical therapy. Acute TBAD with complications should be repaired with emergent thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). Uncomplicated TBAD with high-risk features should undergo TEVAR in the subacute phase. Open surgical repair is seldom required and reserved only for select cases. It is critical to follow these patients clinically and radiographically in the outpatient setting.

PMID: 28683909 [PubMed - in process]

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