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Hi My Mum who is 87 was diagnosed with Type B Aortic Dissection with a Intramural Haematoma and thickening of the aorta and Plueral effusion 5 weeks ago . The Specialist at the hospital said that she wold not make it passed two weeks. So far she has defied them !!! She is very pale and weak and becomes very breathless if she walks any distance over 5 metres, she has lost alot of weight as her appetite has decreased, she also has this cough which she describes as a tickle. My Question is are these signs that the aortoa is about to rupture or can she go on for a while yet ?? Its horrible watching her decline. We have been told that its like a ticking time bomb and could rupture at any time .
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