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What does having dissecting aortic aneurysm mean?

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Dr. Timothy Mosher
Radiology
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In brief: Tear of the aorta

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body running from the heart to the top of the pelvis.
It has a smooth lining and a muscular wall. A dissection of the aorta is a tear of the lining of the aorta allowing blood to pass between the lining and the wall which can cause problems in blood flow and in some cases can be life-threatening. Acute aortic dissection typically produces sharp sever.

In brief: Tear of the aorta

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body running from the heart to the top of the pelvis.
It has a smooth lining and a muscular wall. A dissection of the aorta is a tear of the lining of the aorta allowing blood to pass between the lining and the wall which can cause problems in blood flow and in some cases can be life-threatening. Acute aortic dissection typically produces sharp sever.
Dr. Timothy Mosher
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Dr. Linda Harris
Acute dissections in the very first part of the aorta require emergent surgery. Other dissections are treated based on symptoms. Dissections may also become aneurysms in the future. It is important if intervention other than medication has not been done for the initial dissection to follow with a vascular surgeon with CT scans to watch for future aneurysm development.
Dr. Claude Brachfeld
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Torn lining of aorta

The largest blood vessel in the body normally has a lining consisting of three layers.
If the inner layer tears away from the middle layer, blood may not flow properly into the arteries that serve the brain, the kidneys or other organs. Depending on the exact location of the dissection, this may be an emergent life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgery.

In brief: Torn lining of aorta

The largest blood vessel in the body normally has a lining consisting of three layers.
If the inner layer tears away from the middle layer, blood may not flow properly into the arteries that serve the brain, the kidneys or other organs. Depending on the exact location of the dissection, this may be an emergent life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgery.
Dr. Claude Brachfeld
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