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Angiology. 1999 Feb;50(2):163-8.

Crack-cocaine-associated aortic dissection in early pregnancy--a case report.

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Health First Heart Institute/University of Florida, Melbourne, USA.

Abstract

Even though uncommon in pregnancy, aortic dissection is a potentially catastrophic vascular complication, occurring mainly in the late stages of pregnancy. Vascular events, including aortic dissection are recognized complications of crack-cocaine use. The authors report a case of aortic dissection in early pregnancy related to crack-cocaine use. They believe that the combined effects of pregnancy and crack cocaine on the vasculature create the requisite milieu potentiating such catastrophic events as aortic dissection. This paper reviews the possible underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms and the available diagnostic, therapeutic, and management options.

PMID:
10063949
DOI:
10.1177/000331979905000212
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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