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Supra-renal and thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm

Published on 21 April 2022

The service repairs extensive aneurysms that extend along the thoracic (chest) and abdominal sections of the aorta. Treatment options include either open surgery or endovascular repair, which involves inserting a stent. Surgically inserting a stent (tube) into an artery allows blood to flow freely.

This service is based within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

What are supra-renal and thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms?

A thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) is a widening of the main artery in the body, as it passes through the abdomen. The walls of the artery weaken, causing it to balloon out. It's common in older men, smokers and people with high blood pressure. Anyone who already has another cardiovascular disease is also at risk. If an aneurysm is left untreated it will eventually rupture.

Elective surgery or endovascular repair are the preferred and safest forms of treatment. Risks and co-morbidities – when one or more condition is present – can be assessed and managed better.

Lead clinician

Mr Rod Chalmers, Lead Clinician


Scottish Thoraco-abdominal & Aortic Aneurysm Service
Ward 105
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Little France Crescent
EH16 4SA

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