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This axial cross section CT image of the mid abdominal region shows an abnormally enlarged abdominal aorta called an aneurysm. This is the large rounded white structure in the middle of the abdomen. The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body and transmits blood from the chest down through the abdomen and pelvis into the legs. The abnormal enlargement of the aorta can eventually burst and cause massive bleeding leading to death.
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