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Dissection of the aorta, a rare combination of coarctation, a bicuspid aortic valve, and hypertension in a young patient


Aortic dissection is an uncommon but very lethal disease. Majority of cases are found in elderly patients with a history of hypertension. Young patients usually have other risk factors such as vasculitis, Marfan syndrome, unrecognized coarctation of the aorta, and a bicuspid aortic valve. We present a case of a young patient who presented with epigastric pain mimicking peptic ulcer disease that was later on proved to be type B dissection of the aorta. The patient had a unique combination of hypertension, a bicuspid aortic valve, and postductal coarctation.


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Aldousari, A., Masud, A. & Mahmood, M. Dissection of the aorta, a rare combination of coarctation, a bicuspid aortic valve, and hypertension in a young patient. Egypt J Intern Med 24, 54–56 (2012).

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