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Is aortic aneurysm a common condition?

No but its not rare. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common than thoracic . An aneurysm is defined as an enlargement of the aorta 1.5 x the normal diameter. The incidence is around 37 per 100, 000 patient yrs. There is a 3% prevalence in those over 50 yrs old. Male to female ratio of 9 to 1. Risk factors hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, family history and age. Read more...
Yes. Any blood vessel can dilate and become large enough to be called an aneurysm. Abdominal, infra renal are the most common. 5.5 -6 cm. Is a common size to intervene with an endograft or surgical, based on known natural history. The ascending and descending aorta can also be aneurysmal. Read more...

When are aortic aneurysm repairs performed?

Based on size. The risk of rupture of an aortic aneurysm increases with its size (diameter). When the size reaches a certain threshold, the risk of rupture becomes substantial. At this point, a repair is justified either with surgery or a percutaneous stent graft. Read more...
Depends on location. Ifrarenal aorta 5cm or increase of 0.5cm or more over 6mo once twice native aorta. 6cm for ascending aorta or >=4.5 cm with bicuspid aortic valve or aortic insufficiency, marfan's, ehrles danlos syndrome. 6cm for descending thoracic aorta, thoracoabdominal aorta. These are for asymptomatic aneurysms. Earlier intervention may be warranted if clinically indicated. Read more...

Can someone in their 20s already have an aortic aneurysm?

Rare. Most are caused by long-standing high BP and smoking. However, there are connective-tissue diseases and congenital defects that can show up. These are often thoracic (in chest) and may involve the aortic valve. In patients at risk -with marfan's or the like- echocardiogram or other imaging may be indicated. Read more...