Descending thoracic aortic aneurysm - Marfan syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Sajoscha A. Sorrentino


Asymptomatic patient with known aortic aneurysm presented for follow up.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female

Aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta with a diameter of 45 mm over a length of 50 mm. Note that both subclavian arteries (left > right) are also dilated.

Case Discussion

Thoracic aortic aneurysms are relatively uncommon compared to their counterparts below the diaphragm (see abdominal aortic aneurysm), but have a wider range of causes.

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