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What is a penetrating ulcer?

A penetrating ulcer, also called penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer, is a rare condition that most commonly develops in the descending aorta. It occurs when plaque in the aorta from atherosclerosis forms ulcers that penetrate the aortic wall. By damaging the aortic wall, penetrating ulcers put patients at risk for aortic dissection or rupture. Although the appearance of a penetrating ulcer may resemble an aortic aneurysm or dissection on imaging scans, its cause, atherosclerosis, is unique.

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