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Atypical presentation of aortic dissection secondary to a gunshot wound
  1. E Domingo,
  2. D Levy,
  3. S Iosovich
  1. Good Samaritan Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program, West Islip, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium, NY, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr E Domingo
 30 Eighth Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA; emdomingo{at}


We present a case of aortic dissection secondary to a gunshot wound. The traumatic aortic dissection in this patient occurred secondary to the cavitary forces produced by the bullet passing through the patient’s chest. This is a rare phenomenon that could easily be missed if attention is placed only on the more obvious injuries.

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