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A 62-year-old female asked:

Ascending aortic aneurysm growth rate of 6 mm in a year -- now 4.6 is this a growth rate that could be dangerous?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Need to watch: Ascending aortic aneurysms typically need to be repaired somewhere between 5 and 6 cm in diameter. Typical growth rate is between 2-6 mm per year. The important thing is to keep follow up appointments and scans to closely track its growth. Given your age it is likely you will need it repaired at some point.
Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Close monitoring: Indications for surgical intervention are: symptomatic, larger than 5.5 cm, growth rate of greater than 0.5 cm in 6 months, or if you developed aortic valve disease ("leaky valve" or stenotic valve) or if greater than 5 cm and having open heart procedure for another reason. It sounds like you do not meet the criteria at this time but close monitoring is required. Ct and echo should be done.

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