Life-Threatening Aortic Dissection with Cardiac Tamponade in a Healthy 15-Year-Old Male
We present a case of aortic dissection with shock due to cardiac tamponade in a previously healthy 15-year-old male. The diagnosis was suspected and confirmed by transthoracic echocardiography before transfer to the cardiothoracic unit for successful surgical intervention. Because it is a rare life-threatening condition with a high mortality rate in the pediatric population, a very high index of suspicion is required to reach the clinical diagnosis in a timely manner and institute appropriate surgical management.
KeywordsAorta Dissection Cardiac tamponade Hypotension
We acknowledge the services and support of Mr. Neil and Ms. Sandra Ball, Department of Cardiology, Ormskirk Hospital, and express our gratitude to them.
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