Type A Aortic Dissection Presenting with Isolated Paraplegia


  • Athanasios Tsiouris
  • Jeffrey A. Morgan
  • Gaetano Paone




Acute type A thoracic aortic dissections most commonly present with sudden onset of severe chest and/or back pain. We summarize the case of a patient with an acute type A dissection who presented with acute, painless paraplegia caused by malperfusion of the artery of Adamkiewicz. Although an uncommon cause of acute paraplegia, type A dissections should be included in the differential diagnosis.


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How to Cite

Tsiouris, A., Morgan, J. A., & Paone, G. (2012). Type A Aortic Dissection Presenting with Isolated Paraplegia. The Heart Surgery Forum, 15(6), E316-E317. https://doi.org/10.1532/HSF98.20121097