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what does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
With twists/bends: The term "tortuous" simply means: full of twists, turns and bends. In medicine we use this to describe the pathway of veins or arteries. When either veins or arteries "grow" to become varicose veins or aneurysms, not only do they grow in diameter, but also in length. As they grow longer, they start bending and twisting to accommodate and "fit" into the same body.
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 49 years experience
Not straight: It may or may not be consequential. On the other hand, it may cause decrease in blood flow or have clot in it. So, tortuosity per se is not the key issue. Rather, the associated finding that comes with it.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Tortuous aneurysm: It simply means it does not lay in a straight line. You might also say it follows an erratic path rather than lying, more or less, in a straight line.

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