Thoracic Back Pain Lean Forward

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Alternative Names

Aortic aneurysm - thoracic; Syphilitic aneurysm; Aneurysm - thoracic aortic


Symptoms

Aneurysms develop slowly over many years. Most patients have no symptoms until the aneurysm begins to leak or expand. Chest or back pain may mean sudden widening or leakage of the aneurysm.

Symptoms often begin suddenly when:

  • The aneurysm grows quickly
  • The aneurysm tears open (called a rupture)
  • Blood leaks along the wall of the aorta (aortic dissection)

If the aneurysm presses on nearby structures,...

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