How can chronic inflammation lead to aortic aneurysms?

Stephen R. Hazelrigg, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Inflammation in the wall of the artery can ultimately weaken it, causing the artery to stretch or expand. This weakened and stretched condition is called vasculitis, which is an inflammatory disease in a vessel.  There are many causes of vasculitis, including some autoimmune and infectious diseases. Inflammatory aneurysms are particularly dangerous and difficult to treat. Almost all of them should be evaluated for surgical correction.

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