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Aneurysm of the Aorta

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. The aorta distributes blood from the left ventricle of the heart to the rest of the body. The arch of the aorta lies behind the manubrium sterni. A gross dilatation of the aorta is called aneurysm. It may show itself as a pulsatile swelling in the suprasternal notch. It can occur anywhere in your aorta and may be tube-shaped (fusiform) or round (saccular). It occurs in the chest area are called thoracic aortic aneurysms and can involve the aortic root, ascending aorta, aortic arch or descending aorta. Treatment depends on the location, size, and cause of an aneurysm and how fast it is growing. They can become life-threatening if they’re not monitored, especially if the aneurysm bursts.

There are two locations of Aneurysm of the Aorta. One, in the chest, is a thoracic aortic aneurysm. The other is in the abdomen and is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Major Symptoms are –

Thoracic aortic aneurysm:

  • Pain in the jaw, neck, upper back or chest
  • Coughing, hoarseness or difficulty breathing.
  • Sudden, intense, and unremitting pain in your abdomen or back.

Aneurysm of the Aorta 2

Abdominal aortic aneurysm:

  • Pulsating enlargement or tender mass felt by a physician when performing a physical examination
  • Pain in the back, abdomen, or groin not relieved with position change or pain medication.

Aneurysm of the Aorta 1

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