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Definition of Loeys-Dietz syndrome

Loeys-Dietz syndrome: An inherited syndrome characterized by aortic aneurysms and other blood vessel abnormalities in children. The condition is often associated with other birth defects. The aortic aneurysms of Loeys-Dietz syndrome are prone to rupture at a smaller size than other aneurysms, with early identification of the condition and surgical intervention critical for survival.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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