Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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When the aortic aneurysm occurs together both in the chest and abdomen, it is known as thoracoabdominal aneurysm (TAA).

Physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Center for Aortic Disease are specially-equipped to treat thoracoabdominal aneurysms.

Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm FAQs

What causes thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms?

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The exact development of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms is unclear and remains the focus of ongoing research at the Center for Aortic Disease. It occurs due to the weakness in the wall of the artery and most frequently seen in males older than 60. The risk factors for the development of the TAA include smoking, high blood pressure, male gender, atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), trauma, and genetic factors.