medical Definition of aortic dissection
- Early symptoms of aortic dissection are similar to those of a heart attack: severe, persistent chest pain of sudden onset but with the pain moving to the back and occasionally to the abdomen and hips.
- —Allen Douma, The Chicago Tribune, 1 Sept. 2002
- Aortic dissection classically begins with a tear in the aortic intima that exposes a diseased medial layer to the systemic pressure of intraluminal blood.
- —Eric M. Isselbacher, in Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 22nd edition, 2004