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New diagnosis: ANYONE OUT THERE WITH A SMA DISSECTION?

Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with a 4.7 cm ascending aortic aneurysm and a 1.5 cm SMA dissection so this world is all very new to me. I'm grateful to have found this group.  My primary care physician (PCP) has referred me to the chief of cardio thoracic surgery at a Boston hospital.  I have not met him yet, but based on my CT scans he told my PCP that mine is not a case for surgery and that he would follow me.  He in turn referred me to a cardiovascular surgeon for my dissection. Based on my CT scans that surgeon said that my condition is stable. I will have a TEE (a view of my heart through the esophagus) in two weeks and meet with both surgeons.  I'm 68 and otherwise (as far as I know) in good health, with low blood pressure and appropriate weight and can't imagine that I'll be in better shape for surgery in the future, but I'm waiting to hear what the surgeons have to say.  Does any one have suggestions?  I'm particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has what I think is called a spontaneous dissection, i.e, a dissection that preceded by any known trauma. Thanks.  

TURNS OUT I HAVE A SMA DISSECTION NOT AN ABDOMINAL AORTA DISSECTION.  I HAVE EDITED MY EARLIER POST ACCORDINGLY.  VERY INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM ANYONE WITH EXPERIENCE WITH A SMA dissection. SMA is Superior Mesenteric artery.

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Tags: Boston, MA, SMA, abdominal, dissection, spontaneous

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Comment by Gregory Smith on October 1, 2016 at 16:28

Sorry, Ann. Never heard of an SMA dissection. Maybe it's called something else here in Britain. Have you searched Google for more information?

Comment by Ann Sullivan on August 15, 2016 at 15:15

Thanks for the helpful suggestions, Julia.

Comment by Julia Holley on August 15, 2016 at 12:08

Hi, mine was a spontaneous dissection but Type A and I had immediate surgery.  Recovery was initially slow and I spent just over a month in intensive care.  This has dramatically hampered my recovery but I am now 6 years on and seeing the consultant every 2 years.  I think you will get some answers when you see the surgeons so be prepared and write down what you want to ask then write down the answers and make sure you come out with enough info.  These meetings can be over before you know it and you will only feel better with all the info.  This will help you to be less anxious. Good luck and keep us posted.

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