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Challenge for emergency physicians

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1134
  1. Harald Herkner
  1. 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Vienna General Hospital, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Vienna, Austria

    Aortic dissection is relatively rare,1 but because patients may die rapidly doctors need to bear it in mind when patients present with chest pain. The likelihood of encountering a case of aortic dissection is higher in emergency departments than in primary care. In our department, located in a 2000 bed university hospital, we see about one patient a week with acute aortic disease.2 The fact that most electronic …

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