Chapter 22. Aortic Dissection

  1. Mark J. D. Griffiths MRCP, PhD, EDICM, BDICM Consultant,
  2. Jeremy J. Cordingley MRCP, FRCA, EDICM Consultant and
  3. Susanna Price MRCP, PhD, EDICM, FESC Consultant
  1. Maninder S. Kalkat FRCS (Cardiothoracic) Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon1,
  2. Vamsidhar B. Dronavalli MRCS (Edin) Research Fellow Cardiothoracic Surgery2,
  3. David Alexander MBChB, FRCA Consultant Anaesthetist3 and
  4. Robert S. Bonser MD, FRCP (Lon), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (C/Th), FESC Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon2

Published Online: 9 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314502.ch22

Cardiovascular Critical Care

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How to Cite

Kalkat, M. S., Dronavalli, V. B., Alexander, D. and Bonser, R. S. (2010) Aortic Dissection, in Cardiovascular Critical Care (eds M. J. D. Griffiths, J. J. Cordingley and S. Price), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314502.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUL 2010
  2. Published Print: 30 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405148573

Online ISBN: 9781444314502



  • Aetiology, pathology and pathophysiology;
  • Transthoracic/transoesophageal echocardiography;
  • Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE);
  • Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE);
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS);
  • Surgical management of type A dissection;
  • Surgical management of type B dissection


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aetiology, pathology and pathophysiology

  • Classification

  • Clinical presentation

  • Management

  • Outcomes

  • Other acute aortic syndromes

  • Summary

  • References