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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long will symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Specializes in Critical Care
Varies - get fixed!: Symptoms can include back pain, abdominal pain from the streching and pressure inside the aneurysm to surrounding tissues, "blue toe" syndrome ( pregangrene & gangrene ) from material inside the aneurysn "breaking off" & going downstream with blockage of lower leg/foot arteries. A 10 CM aneurysm should not be taken lightly & should be repaired soon. If ruptured, death rate is around 90%.
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Usually no symptoms: Most aneurysms do not give any symptoms until they rupture. A 10cm aneurysm has been present for many years. The normal aorta is about 2 cm, and aneurysms tend to grow about .4 cm/year, meaning about 16 years. A 10 cm aneurysm should be treated very urgently, as it is at very high risk of rupturing, and outcomes are worse when treating a ruptured aneurysm than when treating electively.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Surgery - Vascular 36 years experience
When will it burst?: Even after some symptoms are present an aneurysm that has "leaked" may stay contained. There is absolutely no way to say how long before it ruptures. Just as some aneurysms can rupture with no preceding symptoms at all.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long can symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shoaib Shafique
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Uncertain: Typically patient should have abdominal or back pain for months to years however one can be completely asymtomatic and have sudden pain in abdomen and back due to rupture.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long would symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm blows?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. TRUC DAO
Dr. TRUC DAOanswered
Psychiatry 38 years experience
AAA 10cm: Not heard of 10cm, must be a very lucky person to be alive till then, as surgery is indicated when it reaches above 4.5cm diameter.
Dr. Robert Vorhies
Vascular Surgery 26 years experience
Currently still debate between 5.0 and 5.5 cm as the defining indications for repair of AAA. Studies showed no difference in risk of rupture between 4.5 and 5.0 cm however. Symptoms occur in less than 25% of patients with AAA. Risk of rupture in a 10 cm AAA id greater than 75% in 12 months.
Jul 4, 2012
Canada
A 34-year-old female asked:

How long would it take for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to rupture?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
AAA: Depends on cause. BP control is important. They bigger they are the sooner they rupture. Impossible to predict. unless they have been tracking it.

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