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Dilation or distention of a tubular structure.[1] It occurs as part of a pathophysiological process.

Specific conditions

Vascular ectasias


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  2. "Mammary Duct Ectasia. MayoClinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2009. Web. 6 Nov. 2009. <>.
  3. "Annuloaortic Ectasia." Standford Hospital & Clinics - Standford Medicine. Stanford Hospital & Clinics. , 2009. Web. 6 Nov. 2009. < DiseasesConditions/marfan/annuloaorticEctasia.html>.

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