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Aortic Trauma by the Numbers

From prevalence to treatments, here are the facts and figures behind thoracic aneurysms.

By Cathryn Delude // Spring 2011
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10 U.S. residents per 100,000 who are diagnosed with thoracic aortic aneurysms each year

13 Position, among causes of death in the United States, held by ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms

10—20 Percent chance each year that a thoracic aneurysm six centimeters or more in diameter will tear open

21 Percent chance that a person with a thoracic aortic aneurysm has a family member with a known aneurysm

50 Percentage of thoracic tear victims who make it to a hospital but still die within 24 hours

9 Percentage of people with traumatic aortic tears who die after endovascular repair, compared with 19% of those who have open surgery, according to one study

4 Typical length, in inches, of the incision made in the groin to thread a graft through blood vessels and over a lesion

24 Typical length, in inches, of the incision made in open surgery

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