Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Type B Aortic Dissection on the Suprasternal Notch View.

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Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Type B Aortic Dissection on the Suprasternal Notch View.

Cureus. 2019 Oct 27;11(10):e6005

Authors: Wang RN, Escobar M, North S, Lin J

Abstract
Aortic dissection (AD) is a life-threatening but uncommon and challenging diagnosis to make in the emergency department. Cardiac point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is often used to evaluate patients with chest pain and may be used to rapidly diagnose Stanford type A AD on the suprasternal notch view if there is the visualization of a dissection flap. In contrast, a diagnosis of type B AD on the suprasternal notch view is rare and has only been reported in one previous case report. We report the case of a patient who presented with chest pain and was accurately diagnosed with type B AD using the suprasternal notch view.

PMID: 31807392 [PubMed]