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Dilation, especially of a hollow organ.



limited dilatation of the lumen of a hollow organ or blood vessel. Ectasia may be congenital, as in the case of bronchiectasis and telangiectasia. However, the condition occurs more often as a result of stenosis, above which the lumen of a hollow organ dilates. It is treated by surgery.

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Revised 2010 Ghent nosology uses dural ectasia as one of the systemic features used in diagnostic scoring.
Spinal manifestations include dural ectasia, which leads to posterior vertebral body scalloping, neural foramen expansion, and lateral meningoceles.
Those with Marfan syndrome have a greater chance of spontaneous pneumothorax, striae atrophicae, recurrent or incisional hernia, and lumbosacral dural ectasia.
Nervous system--If dural ectasia (swelling of the covering of the spinal cord) develops, medication may help minimize any associated pain.