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Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2009 Feb;37(2):149-59. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2008.11.032. Epub 2008 Dec 20.

Acute aortic dissection: perspectives from the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD).

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Health Services Research and Development Center, Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1055 Clermont Street, Denver, CO 80220, USA.


Acute aortic dissection is a rare but deadly disease first described over 200 years ago by the physician to the late King George II on necropsy. Over the ensuing 2 centuries, the understanding of the pathophysiology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up has matured. In an effort to understand the contemporary treatment of this disease, the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD) has enrolled over 2000 patients over the past 12 years. In this article we summarize the key lessons learned from this multi-national registry of patients presenting with acute aortic dissection.

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