Penetrating aortic ulcer leading to aortic dissection

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Rarely, penetrating atherosclerotic ulcers can rupture into the wall of the aorta, resulting in acute aortic dissection. This article describes a woman with an incidental diagnosis of type A aortic dissection secondary to a penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer of the ascending aorta. Although surgical repair of the aortic root was recommended, the patient refused treatment and left against medical advice.

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