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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Cocaine Aortic Dissection

EM SIM CASES
EM SIM Cases - January 5, 2021 - By Chris Heyd
This case was written by Dr Suha Alshambari (Emergency Resident) and Dr Shaza Aouthmany (Attending Physician) at the University of Toledo Medical Center.
"WHY IT MATTERS
Aortic dissection is a catastrophic illness with high mortalities rates. There are significant complications that can arise acutely and require close monitoring and prompt treatment in the emergency department while activating resources for definitive surgical management.
CLINICAL VIGNETTE
A 49-year old man arrives to the emergency department looking unwell. He had sudden onset of abdominal pain two hours earlier that moved up to his chest. He is anxious, distressed and feels like he could die..."