Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcers (PAU)
Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcers (PAU) of the aorta is a penetrating ulcer, also called penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer, is a rare condition that most commonly develops in the descending aorta and is often associated with thickening of the aortic wall. It occurs when plaque in the aorta (from atherosclerosis) forms ulcers that penetrate the aortic wall. Although the appearance of a penetrating ulcer may resemble an aortic aneurysm or dissection on imaging scans, its cause, atherosclerosis, is unique.
Providence Aortic Center
Providence Aortic Center provides an experienced multidisciplinary team of cardiovascular specialists dedicated to the care of patients with disease of the thoracic and/or abdominal aorta. We deliver immediate access to life-saving treatment, as well as a comprehensive patient-centered approach that offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and innovative therapies for every type of aortic condition. Providence Aortic Center cares for the largest volume of aortic patients in Oregon and SW Washington offering multi-institutional treatment.