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Annuloaortic ectasia may occur as an isolated condition or as part of a connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome or Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Annuloaortic ectasia can also occur with aging and hypertension.
Other complications from annuloaortic ectasia include thoracic aortic dissection, which is a tear or damage to the inner wall of the artery in the chest area of the aorta, and an aneurysm or ballooning of the artery that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Aneurysms can burst and cause dangerous bleeding or death.