Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are local dilations of the aorta below the renal arteries where the lumen diameter is ≥ 1.5 times the normal diameter of the healthy blood vessel. Ruptured aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the US [1]. In approximately 75% of all AAAs, a particle-deposition layer forms adjacent to the arterial wall within the lumen called the intra-luminal thrombus (ILT). The thrombus composition has been shown to be a fibrin structure composed of blood cells, platelets, blood proteins, and other cellular debris [2]. Additionally, Yamazumi et al. [3] have presented data that suggest AAA morphology is associated with an elevated state of blood coagulation and fibrinolysis within the aneurysm.

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