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 » Science Human Anatomy

A doctor can determine the size of a thoracic aortic aneurysm by ordering a magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography scan of a patient's chest and measuring it, states the Society for Vascular Surgery. If the an... More » Science Human Anatomy Blood

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 » Health Pain & Symptoms
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