An aortic dissection -- a tear that creates a separation of the layers of the aorta, which carries blood to the body -- is considered acute within two weeks of its presentation. Often, it is complicated by rupture or risk of rupture, or obstruction of blood flow to one or more parts of the body, and requires emergency intervention.
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What are the different grades of Crohn's disease?
Crohn’s disease is graded based on your symptoms.
- Remission is very obvious. It means you feel perfect, and your small bowel and colon look perfect as well. You won’t even realize you have Crohn's disease except for the fact that you have to take routine medications.
- Mild disease means you don't have a lot of symptoms. For example, you don't have a painful mass on exam or signs of bowel obstruction. You may have some increased bowel movements and mild cramping and pain. This suggests that you have the inflammatory behaviors of Crohn's disease, which are the most likely to respond to medical therapy.
- When you start to develop symptoms of an abscess, fever, weight loss, anemia or blockages, you have more moderate to severe Crohn’s disease. This requires medications that are appropriate for the disease. You will also require multidisciplinary care that involves not only a gastroenterologist but also a nutritionist to make sure you're eating the right diet. You will definitely need to see a colorectal surgeon.
Can aortic disease be treated without surgery?
Gabe Vorobiof, MD, Cardiology, answeredNot all aortic syndromes require surgery as the main treatment. On occasion, people can be followed by an experienced clinician who is well versed in aortic disease. Treatment may involve medication along with non-invasive imaging testing, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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