A 41-year-old member asked:
can my doctor feel an abdominal aneurysm by examining me?
4 doctor answers
Dr. David Orringer answered
19 years experience General Surgery
Maybe: This depends on many different factors, including the size of the aneurysm and/or the size of your abdomen! sometimes, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is detected by listening to the abdomen using a stethoscope. The physician will listent for an area of turbulent flow, often marked by a bruit ("whooshing" sound), and then order further tests.
Answered on Dec 28, 2016
Dr. Luke Hermann answered
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Maybe: If you are thin your doctor may be able to feel the sides of the aorta as it pulsates and get an idea of if it is enlarged. If they suspect it is enlarged however, an imaging study (ultrasound, ct scan, or mri) is needed to confirm.
Answered on Sep 16, 2011
Dr. Michael Schwartz answered
32 years experience Vascular Surgery
Occasionally: If you are thin and you have an aneurysm it can be detected. However, most aneurysms are detected by radiological means (ultrasound/CT scan etc). Less than 50% are easily felt on physical exam unfortunately
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
Dr. Andris Kazmers answered
44 years experience Vascular Surgery
Aneurysm: Abdominal exam may be used to diagnose aortic aneurysm, but such exams are not completely reliable and may miss aneurysms that are there and suggest that an aneurysm is present when one is not. Ultrasound is a better screening tool for aortic aneurysm than palpation which is even less useful in those with larger waist size, the latter being a common finding.
Answered on Nov 12, 2015
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