Aortic arch aneurysm

Last revised by Dr Yuranga Weerakkody on 10 Nov 2021

An aortic arch aneurysm is a less common form of thoracic aortic aneurysm and may account for around 10% of such aneurysms.

There is a recognized male predilection with most patient's presenting around to 6th to 7th decades of life.

It can be clinically silent and patients can present with complications such as cerebral injury and/or a catastrophic vascular event especially if it involves vessels supplying to the head, neck, and upper limbs.

As with other thoracic aneurysms, atherosclerosis still remains the commonest etiology. 

Other associations include:

 

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