Thoracic aortic aneurysm

Picture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm

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A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a stretched and bulging area in the wall of the section of the aorta that travels through the chest and supplies oxygen-rich blood to the upper body.

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

Last Updated: January 26, 2010

Author: Robin Parks, MS

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

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