ASCENDING AORTIC ANEURYSM – A CASE REPORT
Prathap Kumar. J.
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An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal dilation of the aorta to greater than 1.5 times its normal size. They usually cause no symptoms except when ruptured. Occasionally, there may be symptoms like abdominal, back, or leg pain. They are most commonly located in the abdominal aorta, but can also be located in the thoracic aorta, rarely in arch of aorta. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is more common in men, a disease that is often asymptomatic and has up to a 90% risk of mortality if the aneurysm ruptures. It can be easily diagnosed by an ultrasound screening, and if the aneurysm is > 5.5 cm, it can be surgically repaired to prevent a life-threatening rupture. Aneurysm of the ascending aorta is rare but can be easily diagnosed by echocardiogram.