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Biosci Trends. 2012 Jun;6(3):143-6. doi: 10.5582/bst.2012.v6.3.143.

Type I aortic dissection in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus infection.

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Department of Infectious Diseases, Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.


The use of highly active antiretroviral therapy in patients with HIV infection has significantly reduced HIV-related infectious complications and improved their survival. With effective antiretroviral therapy, cardiovascular disease has gained prominence as a cause of morbidity and mortality in HIV-infected persons. Aortic dissection is an uncommon but potentially fatal disease with catastrophic complications. The spread of AIDS is a major public health problem in China, but there is scant literature regarding the clinical outcome for HIV/AIDS patients with aortic dissection in China. This case report describes a patient with HIV and type I aortic dissection who survived without surgical repair. This report is provided to describe a detailed and successful outcome for a patient with type I aortic dissection and HIV in China.

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