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Thoracic aortic aneurysm

A normal aorta and a thoracic aortic aneurysm

An 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.

Current as of: July 6, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

Jeffrey J. Gilbertson MD - Vascular Surgery

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