Volume 43, Issue 6 (November 1998)

    Familial Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections

    (Received 25 March 1998; accepted 14 April 1998)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Rupture of thoracic aortic aneurysms and/or dissections is not rare, occurring in approximately 0.6% of all medicolegal autopsies. Most forensic pathologists are aware of the association between thoracic aortic aneurysms/dissections and trauma, atherosclerosis, inflammation and Marfan syndrome. In this report, we discuss a familial form of thoracic aortic dilatation and/or dissection that is distinct from Marfan syndrome. In addition, we review the topic of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection and encourage family notification by forensic pathologists when familial forms of aortic disease are suspected at autopsy.


    Author Information:

    Milewicz, DM
    University of Texas-Houston Medical School, Houston, TX

    Prahlow, JA
    Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences and the Department of Pathology, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

    Barnard, JJ
    Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences and the Department of Pathology, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX


    Stock #: JFS14395J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14395J

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    Title Familial Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections
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