Aortic dissection (Stanford types A and B) is a rare disease, with an annual incidence of about 10,000 cases in Europe1. The Stanford acute type B dissection is categorized as acute up to 2 weeks after the onset of symptoms and chronic thereafter. It can be further classified as complicated if the patient is symptomatic in way of intractable pain, has hypertension that defies medication, when there is a significant aneurysmatic expansion of the aorta or when there is malperfusion of visceral organs.

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