When a person has an aneurysm we see an abnormal weakening and dilation of an artery. With regard to aortic aneurysms, those affected often do not perceive the symptoms until the aneurysm is broken, often with fatal consequences.
A team from the University of School of Medicine (Dundee – Australia) is developing a test that detects the presence of the amino acid desmosine, the detection of the levels of this amino acid released into the blood and urine may indicate if we are in the presence of an aortic aneurysm. The success of this test would improve the monitoring and treatment of aortic aneurysm, the measurement of desmosine levels would also indicate the urgency of the treatment to be performed and this would be fundamental because the aneurysm often grows progresses silently among the various test.
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