A 47-year-old member asked:
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is abdominal aortic aneurysm the same thing as aortic dissection?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No. : Dissections may become aneurysmal. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a full thickness dilatation of the aortic wall. In a dissection, there is a tear of the intima and the blood then shears the layers appart crating either 2 lumens or a mural hematoma or both.
Answered on Jan 14, 2013

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