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Aortic Rupture Overview

What is aortic rupture?
A person with an aortic rupture has a life-threatening injury to the aorta. The aorta is the largest artery in the body. Aortic rupture is usually caused by a severe injury to the chest, such as a high-speed automobile accident.

What are the symptoms of aortic rupture?
Symptoms of aortic rupture include shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain, and difficulty swallowing. Other symptoms of shock may be present.

How does the doctor treat aortic rupture?
An aortic rupture is treated surgically.

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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