A patient with coarctation of the aorta may die suddenly and unexpectedly.
Patient selection: aortic coarctation
The cause of death is usually associated with hemorrhage.
Sources of hemorrhage:
(1) rupture of an aortic aneurysm developing in native wall
(2) rupture of an aortic aneurysm that developed at the site of aortoplasty for coarctation correction
(3) rupture of aneurysm in a cerebral artery
(4) thoracic aorta dissection
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