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Disease Information : Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm : Risk Factors

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm : Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm?

Thoracic aneurysms generally occur in elderly populations. It is estimated that six to 10 per 100,000 individuals have a thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA). If the TAA is left untreated, it will probably continue to enlarge. If a TAA ruptures or leads to an aortic dissection, it can kill a person immediately. The death rate from a ruptured TAA can be up to 94 percent. Therefore, most surgeons and specialists recommend repair of a TAA before it ruptures.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm section was last modified: December 21, 2010 - 06:06 pm

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