Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Aortic Dissection Underlying Cause

A dissecting thoracic aneurysm is caused by weakening of the wall of the aorta. The inner wall separates from the outer layers, and blood fills the space between them. Over time, the wall becomes too weak and can burst.

Causes include:

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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