A 32-year-old male asked:
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do aortic dissections usually occur at the site of aneurysms?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Yes: If there is an aneurysm, there is a risk of dissection (in the thoracic aorta) or rupture (in the abdominal aorta). However, many aneuryms are small and will never dissect or rupture. To further answer your question, dissections do not occur spontaneously in normal aortas.
Answered on Dec 25, 2013
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