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aortic aneurysm same as dissection?

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Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience General Surgery
No: Aneurysm is the dilation of your artery that can rupture if it gets too big overtime. A dissection is when the layers of your artery separate - generally associated with traumatic injuries (blunt or sharp), it is usually an acute event. Sometimes you can see dissection when the aneurysm starts to leak. Make friend with a vascular surgeon.
Answered on Apr 1, 2020
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Dr. Steven Guyton
45 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Ascending aortic dissection require open heart surgery with a heart-lung machine. Immediate evaluation by a cardiac surgeon is needed.
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