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Abdominal aortic aneurysm

A normal aorta and an abdominal aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a stretched and bulging section in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm happens in the section of the aorta that is in the belly.

Current as of: March 4, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery

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