What Is The Function Of The Thoracic Aorta?

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Definition

An aneurysm is an abnormal widening or ballooning of a portion of an artery due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel.

A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs in the part of the body's largest artery (the aorta) that passes through the chest.

See also: Aneurysm


Alternative Names

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


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The most common cause of a thoracic aortic aneurysm is hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)....

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