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Aortic dissection during endurance cycling
  1. Michael Murphy
  1. Emergency Department, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Murphy; michael.murphy{at}


An athletic man in his 40s was brought in to the emergency department by ambulance following a brief episode of central chest pain and dizziness five miles in to a ten mile stationary bike ride. Observations were normal at the scene and there were no ECG changes but he appeared unwell. Further assessment revealed no palpable right radial or brachial pulses and he complained of a severe right frontal headache. CT of the aorta showed an extensive type A dissection with a significantly dilated aortic root. Following emergency cardiothoracic surgery, he was found to have suffered cerebral hypoxia and died.

  • Resuscitation
  • Cardiothoracic surgery

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  • Contributors MM was responsible for drafting of the test, sourcing and editing clinical images, investigation results, drawing original diagrams and algorithms, and critical revision for important intellectual content. MM gave final approval of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.