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Tortuosity of the descending thoracic aorta is a condition in which the aorta is misshapen and is characterized by abnormalities in blood vessels, particularly in arteries, says Genetics Home Reference. The descending th... More »

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A main symptom associated with an aortic aneurysm, which affects the section of the aorta called the descending aorta, can be pain in the back area, notes Cedars-Sinai. An aortic aneurysm occurs when there is a bulge tha... More »

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A tortuous thoracic aorta is serpentine in its shape or path, according to Yale University School of Medicine. The thoracic aorta is the portion of the descending aorta above the diaphragm, according to InnerBody. The de... More »

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The exact cause of an enlarged abdominal aorta, also known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm, is unknown but the condition is linked to infection, tobacco use and hardening of the arteries, according to Mayo Clinic. The en... More »

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Tortuosity of the thoracic aorta is a slight twist in the normal curvature of the aorta, according to Dr. Joseph H. Roosth writing for HealthTap. Tortuosity of the thoracic aorta is normally found on a chest X-ray. More »

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Wagner syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by abnormal tissue and blood vessels in the eye, causing progressive loss of vision, according to Genetics Home Reference. Overall vision loss in those affected ranges fro... More »

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A rib fracture can affect the heart by damaging the aorta or other major blood vessels, according to Mayo Clinic. Blunt cardiac injury is a common complication from rib fractures, according to The American Association fo... More »

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