When To Intervene in Aortic Dissection
from Cardiology Today's Intervention
Aortic dissections are classified by severity: The most severe usually call for immediate surgery, and the least severe are considered to be manageable with medication. However, uncomplicated type B aortic dissections represent a middle ground around which there is little consensus. Some studies have suggested that intervention with thoracic endovascular aortic repair confers better long-term survival than medical management alone in these patients, but other studies are less conclusive, and most studies have been small.
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