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Neurological symptoms occurring in the context of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm: a paramedic’s perspective
  1. David Fitzpatrick1,
  2. Donogh Maguire2
  1. 1Scottish Ambulance Service Research and Development Officer, NMAHP Research Unit, Department of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
  2. 2Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 David Fitzpatrick
 NMAHP Research Unit, Department of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, UK; david.fitzpatrick{at}stir.ac.uk

Abstract

Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA) classically presents with sudden onset, severe ripping or tearing abdominal pain radiating through to the back. This case report describes features of an atypical presentation of a patient with RAAA and highlights the difficulties and uncertainties surrounding the prehospital assessment, appropriate treatment and management of these patients. All prehospital care educators and practitioners should be made aware of the wide spectrum of clinical manifestations for this condition.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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