DeBakey classification

The DeBakey classification, along with the Stanford classification, is used to separate aortic dissections into those that need surgical repair, and those that usually require only medical management.

Classification

The DeBakey classification divides dissections into 1-5:

  • type I: involves ascending and descending aorta (= Stanford A)
  • type II: involves ascending aorta only (= Stanford A)
  • type III: involves descending aorta only, commencing after the origin of the left subclavian artery (= Stanford B)

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rID: 1203
System: Vascular, Chest
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • DeBakey classification of aortic dissections

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  • Figure 1: type I
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  • Case 1: type I
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  • Case 2: type II
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  • Figure 3: type III
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  • Case 3: type III
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  • Case 4: type III
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