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Larry Leason-66

Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Decending Date of Aortic Dissection: 15 June 2010 Tell Us Your Story: I was on my 6th treatment in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber 75 minutes in…They were 90 minute sessions at 41 foot deep…There were to be 20 treatments. The reason for the treatments was because I had so much radiation treatments for the cancer that I was at high risk of Mandibular Osteoradionecrosis….The goal was to get the 20 treatments in so that I could have Oral Surgery and get Dentures…The radiation had deteriorated my teeth. I had been diagnosed with an Aortic Aneurysm…The Doctors were monitoring it…My next yearly visit was on June 16th 2010…

On June 15 I began having extreme pain in my lower back radiating to the front of my Chest…The Doctor brought me up slowly and got me out…We sat in his office for 15 minutes or so and I told him that we know it was not the Aneurysm that blew or I would be dead now…I was still in a great deal of pain but managed to drive 1 1/2 hours home …My wife saw how bad I looked at took me to the ER …The cat scan revealed I had an Dissecting Aorta…

I was life flighted to South Crest Hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma upon where my Surgeon met me and said ” I am going to be straight with you…this is not good…you can die or be paralyzed if you make it through the surgery”…. Doctor Carabello had to send off for a # 38 graft…South Crests largest graft was a 36…. To open me up through my chest was a Death sentence so they opted to go through the groin where they had repaired my Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm one year prior…


It has been right at a month since the surgery and I am still in a great deal of pain…My lower back will began hurting and radiate to my chest…I twitch and jump all night long..My wife say’s I look like a fish out of water… I have been hallucinating for the past week and it is getting worse…My family Doctor has ordered at MRI tomorrow July 14 2010 of my head and chest…Looking for clots…. My wife found your web site and was trying to see if anyone else has had these problems after Aortic Dissection repair…I believe that the blood supply has been cut off of my spinal cord…guess the MRI will tell……

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