Aortic Aneurysm (cont.)
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What causes an aortic aneurysm?
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An aortic aneurysm develops from a weakness in the wall of the aorta. This weakness can be present at birth or can develop as the result of disease or injury.
In many cases, the cause of an aortic aneurysm is never known.
Risk factors for aortic aneurysm include the following:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/21/2016
Shabir Bhimji, MD
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