Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Thoracic Aortic Aneursyms have a modern approach to their management with endovascular stent grafting. Intervention through bilateral groin regions allows for deployment of stent grafts with minimal recovery time.

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Overview

The aorta is a large artery that carries blood from the heart through the abdomen to the legs. The thoracic aorta is located in the chest and is made up of three segments: the ascending aorta, aortic arch, and descending aorta. A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a bulging or ballooning of any of these segments of the aorta. Similar to a balloon, as an aneurysm continues to enlarge, the walls of the aorta stretch making them much thinner. The aortic aneurysm eventually reaches a point where it loses its ability to stretch any further. At this point, without any treatment it may rupture, causing potentially fatal bleeding.

Why do I have a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm?

There are many factors that can put you at risk of developing a thoracic aortic aneurysm. They may vary significantly depending on the location of the aneurysm itself:

  • Cystic medial degeneration
  • Inherited connective tissue disorders: Marfan syndrome or Ehler-Danlos syndrome
  • Family history of thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Coronary artery or heart disease; including associated risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, age greater than 55, and male gender
  • Infection or syphilis
  • Takayasu’s arteritis
  • Trauma
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