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What are descending thoracic aneurysms?

Descending thoracic aneurysms are those that occur above the diaphragm and may include the aortic arch. The most common causes of thoracic aneurysms are idiopathic cystic medial degeneration, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome.

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