Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Aortic Dissection Outlook

What to expect with dissecting thoracic aneurysm:

  • Dissecting thoracic aneurysm is life threatening:
    • Without treatment, 20 percent of people die in 24 hours,
    • Without treatment, 60 percent of people die within 2 weeks
    • Without treatment, 90 percent of people die within 3 months
  • Only about 10 percent of people who undergo surgery die during the procedure.
  • All thoracic aortic aneurysms larger than 6 cm should be surgically repaired.
  • The 10-year survival for those who have surgery is 40%.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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