Two cases of dissecting aortic aneurysm which presented as acute ischemia of the legs are reported. At operation, a fresh thrombus was found occluding vessels not involved in the dissection. While surgery relieved the acute arterial obstruction, both patients later died after rupture into the pericardium. A review of the literature revealed 1 similar case. Thromboembolism as a possible complication of dissecting aneurysm is discussed. These cases suggest that dissecting aneurysm should be included in the differential diagnosis when symptoms include an acutely ischemic limb.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine