Familial thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections

Joseph A. Prahlow, Jeffrey J. Barnard, Dianna M. Milewicz

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1244-1249
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1998


  • Aneurysm
  • Aorta
  • Autosomal dominant
  • Dissection
  • Familial
  • Forensic pathology
  • Forensic science
  • Marfan syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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