Name: Deborah Palludan
Age at time of Dissection: 18
Type of Dissection: Both Ascending and Descending
Date of Aortic Dissection: 18 August 2013
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My son Ryan died on 8/18/13 from a ruptured aortic dissection. He was 18 years old and had just checked into college. I had taken him to the ER two months earlier with acute onset of chest pain that woke him up. His BP was 167/72, they did an EKG that was normal as my father died suddenly at age 36. They did not recheck his BP and said he had CostoChondritis. They went on to say that they had never seen a teenager present to the ER with chest pain that had a cardiac reason.

When Ryan developed pain to his back and abdomen when working out that was acute we thought it was a bad pulled muscle and not cardiac related because of what the ER doctors said. He continued to have pain and died in his sleep from a ruptured dissection and tear in the aorta that resulted in a hemopericardium. The ME report showed evidence of an old dissection. Can you be asymptomatic after the initial dissection clots? And what else could have been done in the ER. They did not do an CXR pedal pulses or repeat his BP prior to discharge.