Aortic dissection, which typically manifests as sudden tearing or migratory pain, is a well-known medical emergency. However, in 5% of aortic dissection patients, there is no pain. In these patients, the diagnosis depends on the development of neurologic complications. After analyzing the initial symptoms of a series of patients with aortic dissection, we found 4/211 (1.9%) patients suffered from paraparesis. We suggested that the mid- or low thoracic cord be most vulnerable site during acute aortic dissection. This report highlighted the importance of considering the diagnosis of aortic dissection in a patient with a history of acute onset of transient or permanent neurological symptoms in the lower limbs. Whether paraparesis can be an indicator of the prognosis of aortic dissection requires further researches.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Acta Neurologica Taiwanica|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 Dec 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology