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Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Picture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm

A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a stretched and bulging area in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A thoracic aortic aneurysm happens in the section of the aorta that is in the chest.

Thoracic aortic aneurysms are also known as ascending or descending aortic aneurysms.

By Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
Last Revised February 22, 2012

Last Revised: February 22, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery

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