Painless acute aortic dissection presenting as left lower extremity numbness

Christopher Beach*, David Manthey

*Corresponding author for this work

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Acute aortic dissection may have variable presentations, making the diagnosis clinically challenging. Acute neurologic syndromes secondary to dissection of the aorta are uncommon. However, including aortic dissection in the differential diagnosis is imperative. This report describes the first reported case of an acute thoracic aortic dissection presenting with the chief complaint of unilateral lower extremity numbness. Peripheral ischemic neuropathy as the result of vascular occlusion is uncommon. The pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of ischemic neuropathies in the setting of acute aortic dissection are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-51
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Aortic dissection
  • Ischemic neuropathy
  • Paresthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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