Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Thoracic Aneurysm Dissection Evaluation

The evaluation of a dissecting thoracic aneurysm begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with a dissecting thoracic aneurysm may include:

  • Diastolic heart murmur
  • Unequal pulses in the arms
  • Unequal blood pressures in the arms and legs

Tests are required to make the diagnosis of dissecting thoracic aneurysm.

Tests that may be used to evaluate dissecting thoracic aneurysm include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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