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Dissecting aorta. The heart is at centre. The aorta, the body's main artery, is running vertically down centre (white). A dissecting aorta is a type of aneurysm where the layers of the wall of the artery have split (dissected, grey line). Without surgical repair the condition is usually fatal.
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