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Can an ascending aortic aneurysm shrink by itself

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Unlikely: This is very unlikely. Aneurysms treated endovascularly (stents / endografts) do often shrink because they are depressurized.
Dr. Scott Grover
Surgery 27 years experience
Not Likely: Aneurysms are dilated blood vessels. They are not going to shrink. Sometimes they are wrapped with material to keep them from stretching further, bu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 17 years experience
Not usually: Aortic aneurysms are generally degenerative processes. We use medications like beta blockers to keep it from expanding as quickly, but once begun, the... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Not usually: But there is some variation in ct, mri, ultrasound so that one may see a report with a few millimeters ambiance: 4. 2. 4.3 4.1 probably no change.... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 39 years experience
Depends: Management of ascending aortic aneurysm his typically dependent on the size of the aorta. Assuming this is not a dissection, the diameter of the aort... Read More
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Marfan's?: Repair when diameter 4.5cm or greater if bicuspid aortic valve or marfan's, ehrles danlos, with or w/o aortic insufficiency. Otherwise 6cm. Your cardi... Read More
Dr. J Roberts
Vascular Surgery 28 years experience
Echo...: Echocardiogram annually... When > 5 cm or aortic valve regurgitation is severe, then a bentall procedure is the classic repair. Speak with a cardiolo... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 34 years experience
Surgical resection: Usually a procedure, varying in complexity, that involves resecting the affected portion of the aorta and replacing it with a tube graft made of gorte... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Pak
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Aneurysms are dangerous because many people don't know they have them until they rupture. Screening is important for people over 65 with family histor... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Prashant Sinha
General Surgery 20 years experience
Operate: If it is truly an ascending aneurysm, it is life threatening and needs an operation. Type b or descending aneurysms in the thorax can many times be ma... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
I would have it done by a surgeon with lots of experience and let them choose the approach as they know your anatomy and I do not. They also know wha... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 44 years experience
Surgery: Size and location matters in this regard check with your surgeon.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
Depends: Typically an ascending aortic aneurysm is repaired after it becomes between 5.0 to 5.5 cm in size, depending on other factors such as age, how quickly... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
5.5 -6.0 cm: Other factors are important: valve leakage( aortic regurgitation) increasing size or pain hypertension( high blood pressure) other cardiac or vasc... Read More