Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 624–627 | Cite as

Life-Threatening Aortic Dissection with Cardiac Tamponade in a Healthy 15-Year-Old Male

  • K. ThattakkatEmail author
  • M. Zbaeda


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.


Aorta 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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ormskirk District General HospitalRainhill, PrescotUK
  2. 2.Ormskirk HospitalLancashireUK

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