What does Mild Ectasia of Aorta Mean?

Q:
What does mild ectasia of aorta mean?

A:
Mild aortic ectasia is defined as an enlargement of the aorta that is mild in degree. This condition may have association with aortic aneurysm whose diameter is greater than 1.5 times a normal aorta’s size.

Symptoms:

Mild ectasia of aorta usually shows no symptoms, but if aortic aneurysm presses on tissue or organs, the patient may have the following symptoms:

  • Stroke
  • Abdominal pain
  • Coldness and numbness of extremities
  • Severe tearing pain in the back or chest

Factors:

Various things that can damage the arterial wall may lead to ectasia of aorta. They include:

  • Congenital weakness
  • Trauma
  • Dissection and weakening brought on by high blood pressure or smoking

Risk:

Although the word “mild” indicates it’s not a severe condition, it may have risk of rupture which can be serious. Internal bleeding caused by rupture is life-threatening. Therefore, repair aortic aneurysm surgically as soon as you can if it is diagnosed.

Treatment:

Treatment that patients should take depends on personal situations. For those who have obvious symptoms and other problems, surgery will be recommended. And the aortic aneurysm of patients without symptoms will be monitored, according to its location and influence on his or her health.

If you have any questions, please visit your doctor.

Keywords: mild ectasia of aorta; aortic aneurysm; symptoms; factors; risk; treatment

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.