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Thoracic aortic dissection associated with marijuana use

from The Journal of Emergency Medicine

The authors report a case of an aortic dissection in a 56-year-old male that occurred while smoking marijuana. The patient had a family history significant for both aortic aneurysm and dissection. He developed crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, and diaphoresis shortly after smoking marijuana from a glass pipe called a "bubbler." His ECG was unremarkable as was his chest X-ray and initial labs. CT scan revealed an Aortic dissection from the aortic root to the internal iliac artery. more

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