Pregnancy in a woman with a chronic descending thoracic aortic dissection

Govind Krishna Kumar Nair, Catriona Bhagra, Mathew Sermer, Candice K. Silversides, Birgit Pfaller*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Case report


Pregnancy increases aortic wall stress and, for a woman with a chronic dissection, this can lead to extension of the dissection, aortic rupture, and death. We report a pregnancy in a woman with a history of a chronic type B aortic dissection. As a child, she had repeat balloon dilation of aortic coarctation, and one of the procedures was complicated by an iatrogenic dissection at the dilation site. At the age of 27 years, she had a planned pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
JournalObstetric Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • aortic dissection
  • aortopathy
  • coarctation of the aorta
  • heart disease
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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