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Malperfusion of end organs occurs in 20% to 40% patients with acute type A aortic dissection. Because irreversible ischemia is a time-dependent event, expedient diagnosis and treatment are necessary. We herein report successful surgical management of a patient with acute type A aortic dissection causing transient gut ischemia and a rare gall bladder perforation. We implemented one-stage surgical and laparoscopic management approach for the diagnosis and treatment. Increased awareness of this complication and appropriate use of available diagnostic tools may improve the outcome in similar patients. Patients with aortic dissection complicated by visceral ischemia require a prompt sequential and rational multidisciplinary approach for successful management. Copyright © 2013 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Neerod K Jha, Rajappan A Kumar, Moataz Ayman, Javed A Khan, Massimo Cristaldi, Charles Ahene, Norbert Augustin. Ischemic gall bladder perforation: a complication of type A aortic dissection. The Annals of thoracic surgery. 2013 Jun;95(6):e155-6

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