Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Careful Surveillance of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms

Most patients have a significant amount of anxiety when they are informed that they have an aneurysm. If the aneurysm is too small to require surgery-diligent medical therapy is appropiate. Enrollment in an established aortic surveillence program is prudent. The annual CT scan or MRI can provide a great deal of reassurance that medical therapy is working. Please take charge of your care by seeking the appropiate aortic team. Look at my previous posting for aortic centers in the US.


  1. Wow this is a great site that I stumbled upon. I wish there were more sites like this and information out there when I was diagnosed with my aneurysm. The problem is that there is so much "general" information out there about aortic aneurysms, but not enough good detailed information like you present in this site. I know I became a research-a-holic when I was diagnosed; wanting to know everything there was to know about the condition. This is a great resource! Keep up the good work!

  2. My wife has a dissection that extends through the abdominal aorta into the right common iliac artery. She also has a aneurysmal descending thoracic aorta measuring up to 6.0 cm. I haven't been able to find any recommended surgey for the combination of a this aneurysm and a the dissection. Any thoughts.