Thoracic aortic aneurysm - Treatment
Aortic aneurysm - thoracic; Syphilitic aneurysm; Aneurysm - thoracic aortic
The treatment depends on the location of the aneurysm. The aorta is made of three parts:
For patients with aneurysms of the ascending aorta or aortic arch:
For patients with aneurysms of the descending thoracic aorta:
See also: Aortic aneurysm repair - endovascular
The long-term prognosis for patients with thoracic aortic aneurysm is determined by other medical problems such as heart disease and diabetes, which may have caused or contributed to the condition.
Serious complications after aortic surgery can include:
- Graft infection
- Heart attack
- Irregular heartbeat
- Kidney damage
Death soon after the operation occurs in 5 - 10% of patients.
Complications after aneurysm stenting include damage to the leg, which may require another operation.
Calling your health care provider:
Tell your doctor if you have:
- A family history of connective tissue disorders
- Chest or back discomfort
- Reviewed last on: 6/2/2010
- Shabir Bhimji MD, PhD, Specializing in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland , TX. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Safi HJ, Estrera AL, Miller CC 3rd, Azizzadeh A, Porat EE. Thoracic vasculature with emphasis on the thoracic aorta. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 63.
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