Vascular Pathology: Aortic dissection: Cardiac tamponade

01 May 2011
Presented by Sebastian Lucas


Aortic rupture with dissection


A 1969 autopsy specimen from a 64 year old man who collapsed in his GP's surgery with severe retrosternal pain, he then lost consciousness was incontinent and died. At autopsy, a limited dissection of the ascending aorta which had ruptured into the pericardial cavity causing acute cardiac tamponade, was found.


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