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Aortic Dissection - Topic Overview

How is aortic dissection treated? continued...

The surgery cannot be done if you are already suffering from a severe complication in the process of dissection, such as a stroke. In this situation an operation would lead to severe bleeding in the brain.

Possible complications of aortic dissection and its surgery include:

  • Paralysis.
  • Kidney (renal) failure.
  • Infections in the lung and lung failure.
  • Decreased heart function and heart attack.

It is sometimes not possible to use surgery in type A dissections. In this case, the same procedures and medicines outlined in the initial emergency treatment section are used.

Treating type B dissections

Type B dissections are usually treated with medicines. In rare cases, a procedure or surgery may be needed if:

  • Your aorta has ruptured.
  • You have pain that cannot be controlled.
  • Other arteries or organs are damaged.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 22, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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