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How bad is a dilated aorta?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree

In brief: How dilated?

Depends on how dilated the aorta is.
If you are talking about the infra-renal aorta, than anything above 5cm is worrisome in men and >4.5cm in women. If you are talking about the thoracic aorta than anything greater than 6cm is worrisome. What are we worried about? Rupture.

In brief: How dilated?

Depends on how dilated the aorta is.
If you are talking about the infra-renal aorta, than anything above 5cm is worrisome in men and >4.5cm in women. If you are talking about the thoracic aorta than anything greater than 6cm is worrisome. What are we worried about? Rupture.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Linda Harris
Mild dilation of the aorta is usually not terribly concerning. When the dilation is more extensive, we call this an aneurysm. Aneurysms have the risk of rupture, which is related to size, and well as the shape of the aneurysm.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

The answer to this question depends upon the location and the exact size of the aorta.
The more dilated the size of the aorta the more likely it is to rupture. Please seek the opinion of a vascular surgeon for a better understanding of the issues at hand.

In brief: Depends

The answer to this question depends upon the location and the exact size of the aorta.
The more dilated the size of the aorta the more likely it is to rupture. Please seek the opinion of a vascular surgeon for a better understanding of the issues at hand.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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