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Cystic medial necrosis
Cystic medial necrosis (also referred to as cystic medial degeneration) is a disorder of large arteries. A degenerative breakdown of collagen, elastin, and smooth muscle caused by aging contribute to weakening of the wall of the artery.
Additional recommended knowledge
There is an association between cystic medial necrosis and Marfan syndrome.
The term "cystic medial degeneration" is sometimes used instead of "cystic medial necrosis", because necrosis is not always found. However, the findings are not always cystic either, making the terminology complex. (See eMedicine article for more details.)
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