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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