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Acute aortic syndrome: proposal for a novel classification
  1. B van der Loo,
  2. R Jenni
  1. Echocardiography, Division of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Centre, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Rolf Jenni, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Centre, Raemistrasse 100, CH-8091 Zurich, Switzerland;

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The term “acute aortic syndrome” (AAS) has recently been introduced into the literature1 to describe a variety of acute aortic pathologies. These include classic aortic dissection, intramural haematoma, and ulceration of the aorta. Classic aortic dissection is characterised by the existence of an intimomedial entrance tear and, in the majority of cases, a re-entrance tear. Intramural haematoma is characterised by the presence …

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