Aortic Dissection with Haemothorax Mimicking a Stroke
KeywordsAortic dissection, stroke, haemothorax, emergency medicine
Aortic dissection is a life-threatening clinical emergency and a challenging diagnosis. Depending on its initial location, it may present with several symptoms with the most common being chest pain. We describe the case of a 62-year-old man admitted to the Emergency Department with acute neurological deficits and triaged for the stroke protocol. After unexpected findings on physical examination, other diagnostic hypotheses were evaluated, culminating in the diagnosis of aortic dissection with haemothorax mimicking a stroke.
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