Acute type B dissection: A leap between the known and the unknown

Mohamad Bashir, Matthew Fok, Haris Bilal, Aung Oo, Manoj Kuduvalli


Acute type B dissection carries a high risk of mortality and morbidity. This risk can be reduced with
appropriate, quick and correct diagnosis. Approaches to its optimal management is still vigorously debated and
requires a detailed knowledge of the known natural history of this disease. However, there is much unknown
knowledge surrounding this disease, particularly toward the timing of any surgical intervention. This article outlines
the overall understanding acute type B dissection and discusses the challenges of the optimal strategy to manage
acute type B dissection and the current recommended treatment for uncomplicated cases.

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