Natural History and Treatment of Aneurysms

  • Michael Wilderman
  • Gregorio A. Sicard


Any standard medical dictionary will describe an aneurysm as a localized abnormal enlarging or ballooning of a particular segment of an artery, greater than 50% of the normal caliber, commonly related to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel [1]. The most common location of an extracranial aneurysm is the infrarenal abdominal aorta. Using the above definition, an aorta with a diameter greater than 3 cm can therefore be considered aneurysmal, although normal aortic diameters vary with age, sex, and body habitus. Histologically, an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is characterized by macrophage degradation of the medial elastin lamellar architecture by metalloproteinases [2–5].


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Stent Graft Open Repair Ischemic Colitis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Vascular SurgeryBarnes Jewish Hospital, Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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