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miércoles, 16 de enero de 2019

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms

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emDocs - January 16, 2019 - Author: Chesnokov F - Edited by: Koyfman A and Long B
"Key Points
  • Most often, patients with TAAs are asymptomatic.
  • Symptoms of TAA are often non-specific and may include cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, dysphagia, voice changes, congestive heart failure, and superior vena cava syndrome.
  • CTA with contrast and MRA with contrast are the imaging modalities of choice for the diagnosis of TAA.
  • Diagnosis of TAA warrants screening for other types of aneurysms such as abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Symptomatic TAAs warrant urgent repair regardless of size.
  • Management of asymptomatic aneurysms that do not meet criteria for surgical repair should focus on control of hypertension with beta blockers."