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When is an operation necessary on an ectatic aorta?

Submitted by Norbert on 11/19/2014

Answer:
by Denton A. Cooley, MD

Many factors determine the need for surgery on the aorta. The degree of expansion is a prominent factor. The anatomic location of the ectatic segment is also important. The decision regarding surgery should be made by a cardiovascular surgeon experienced in aortic surgery who will be familiar with the patient and his entire clinical condition.