What do surgical specimens of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) reveal?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Saum A Rahimi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Similarly, surgical specimens of AAA reveal the following (see the image below):

  • Inflammation, with infiltration by lymphocytes and macrophages
  • Thinning of the media
  • Marked loss of elastin
Inflammation, thinning of media, and marked loss o Inflammation, thinning of media, and marked loss of elastin.

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