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Resident’s knowledge on thoracic aortic dissection
  1. R Meenakshisundaram,
  2. P Thirumalaikolundusubramanian
  1. Madras Medical College, Chennai, India
  1. Dr R Meenakshisundaram, Madras Medical College, Chennai 600033, India; rmsundar_chandran{at}

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Cases of thoracic aortic dissection (TAD) are likely to increase in India as longevity increases. According to Olsson et al,1 the incidence of thoracic aortic disease is 16.3 and 9.1 per 100 000/year for men and women, respectively. The Government General Hospital, Chennai, India, where the study was carried out, has over 2800 beds and an in-patient turnover of about 70 000/year; it recorded 12–15 cases of TAD out of 13 750 emergencies in 2007. As residents are involved in managing such emergencies, this study was undertaken to determine their knowledge on diagnosing TAD and to suggest measures for dealing …

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  • This paper was presented at the conference, Summit on Acute Aortic Diseases: Lux et Veritas, held at Yale University Medical School, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, 1–2 November 2007. This programme was conducted by Promedica International CME, a California corporation.

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