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Diagnosis and management issues in thoracic aortic aneurysm.
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PMID:  21742088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Thoracic aortic enlargement is an increasingly recognized condition that is often diagnosed on imaging studies performed for unrelated indications. The risk of unrecognized and untreated aortic enlargement and aneurysm includes aortic rupture and dissection which carry a high burden of morbidity and mortality. The etiologies underlying thoracic aortic enlargement are diverse and can range from degenerative or hypertension associated aortic enlargement to more rare genetic disorders. Therefore, the evaluation and management of these patients can be complex and requires knowledge of the pathophysiology associated with thoracic aortic dilation and aneurysm. Additionally, there have been important advances in the treatment available to patients with thoracic aortic disease, including an increased role of endovascular therapy. Given the risk of mortality, increased clinical recognition and advances in therapeutics, the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and related professional societies have recently published guidelines on the management of thoracic aortic disease. This review focuses on the pathophysiology and various etiologies that lead to thoracic aortic aneurysm along with the diagnostic modalities and management of asymptomatic patients with thoracic aortic disease.
Anna M Booher; Kim A Eagle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-06-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  American heart journal     Volume:  162     ISSN:  1097-6744     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. Heart J.     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370465     Medline TA:  Am Heart J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  38-46.e1     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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