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Observational study
Aortic events in patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms may be underestimated
  1. Benjamin Oliver Patterson,
  2. Jack Brownrigg
  1. St Georges Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Mr Benjamin Oliver Patterson, St Georges Vascular Institute, 4th floor St James Wing, St Georges Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT, UK; bop{at}

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Thoracic aortic aneurysm is a potentially lethal disease that develops indolently and asymptomatically over many years. There is presumably an ever increasing chance of rupture and death as time passes, but this risk has not been defined by any truly robust studies.1 A pragmatic threshold for repair of 55 mm has been proposed by consensus guidelines, with the caveat that patients with adverse morphology or poor physiological reserve may be repaired at a larger size to ensure maximum benefit.2 ,3 The present study sought to more reliably define rupture risk based on individual patient …

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  • Contributors BOP and JB wrote the article together.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.