Marfan’s syndrome is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. One of the most serious complications associated with Marfan’s syndrome is aortic dissection, which is often fatal, even when rapidly treated. We report a case of Marfan’s syndrome with acute aortic dissection presenting with pharyngeal pain.
The patient was a 41-year-old woman who presented with a one-week history of pharyngeal pain and slight fever. Although no abnormal findings were detected on physical examination of the pharyngolarynx, contrast-enhanced CT revealed acute aortic dissection and a funnel chest. Subsequently, we diagnosed the patient as a case of Marfan’s syndrome with acute aortic dissection.
Unexplained pharyngeal pain could be referred pain associated with cardiovascular disease.
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