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what is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Bulging Aorta: Ballooning of the abdominal portion of the aorta. The aorta is one of the major arteries that carry blood from your heart to the rest of the body. Sometimes patients with high blood pressure, cholesterol plaque formation can have weakened wall of this big artery, causing it to bulge ( balloon out) like when one blow air into a balloon; if ruptured, instant death can occur.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Arterial dilatation: An aneurysm of any artery is traditionally thought of an enlargement of the size of the artery to two times the normal size. This occurs primarily as a degernative process as the infrarenal aorta has no intramural arteries to repair itself. Expansion occurs at 0.5-0.8 CM a year. AAA have to be followed serially. Stable AAA of the infrarenal aorta should be repaired at 5.5 cm.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
.? AAA: They are a bulge in the wall of the aorta (your main artery running through your abdomen and ultimately supplying the blood to your legs) from a weakness. They can be thought of like a bulge in your garden hose.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Bulge in vessel: A (AAA) affects one of the largest blood vessels of the body, the aorta. The aorta allows blood flow from the heart to the remainder of the body. The aorta becomes weak in a specific area causing the vessel to bulge out. This bulge can rupture if left untreated. Think of it like a balloon that you've blown up too much, when it pops, the air escapes. A ruptured aneurysm may lead to death.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Enlargment of aorta: Dilation/enlargment of the aorta in the abdomen.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Ballooning : An aneurysm is diffuse or focal dilatation of an artery like the abdominal aorta of more than 1.5 times its normal size. For abdominal aortic aneurysm generally anything above 3 cm in 50-60yr old patient. They typically don't need fixed unless above 5 cm in females and 5.5 cm in males or rapidly enlarging or causing symptoms.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
SEVERAL: If it is not tool larger, medicines to control your blood pressure will help prevent it from getting larger. However, if it is expanding rapidly or is large, then there is the danger of it rupturing, which could be fatal. Depending on the location and size, sometimes this can be repaired with a stent meaning that no incision is necessary. Otherwise, an open operation is needed.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Hypertension & genes: Genetics plus hypertension plus age.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
The three greatest risk factors for AAAs are being MALE, > 65 yrs, and having ever smoked.
Oct 17, 2011
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern commented
Cardiology 46 years experience
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Dr Oliver Aalami makes a very good point about smoking in addition to age and genes
Oct 18, 2011
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Most abdominal aneurysms are arteriosclerotic resulting from cystic medial necrosis of the aortic wall secondary to arteriosclerotic obliteration of the vasa vasorum. Genetics determine your predisposition to arteiosclerosis and cigarette smoking accelerates the process.
Feb 22, 2012
CA
A 25-year-old member asked:

What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Ballooning Artery: An infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm is the dilitation or ballooning of the abdominal aorta below the branches that provide blood to the kidneys. It is believed that the wall of the artery weakens over time from inflammation. This weakening causes the artery to swell. When > 5cm in diameter the risk of rupture and bleeding goes up dramatically. This is life threatening and is typically repaired.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Arteriosclerosis.: Atherosclerosis induced cystic medial necrosis is the most common cause of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms.
A female asked:

What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Weakness: or bubble in either the distal sub renal aorta or actually on the renal artery, a branch of the abdominal aorta. It is important to document the size and get a vascular surgical consultation: size DOES matter in this case.

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