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A 46-year-old member asked:

what kind of life expectatncy would you give a 75 year old who have inoperable aortic aneurysm.?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Why inoperable?: If bad heart, lungs, cancer etc. Those conditions may determine survival. Aneurysms may be in different parts of the aorta. But for abdominal: symptomatic and 6 cm survival about a year less and asymptomatic about 5 years as a good guess. Size, location and symptoms, and other risk factors are relevant to true answer!
Dr. Timothy Wu
Vascular Surgery 18 years experience
Comorbidities: A 75 year old with an "inoperable" aortic aneurysm is likely too sick to undergo the operation rather than the aneurysm itself being "too difficult, " therefore, the survival of such a patient depends on that factor that makes him too sick. Plenty of studies have shown that most patients with aortic aneurysms will likely die of something other than the aortic aneurysm.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
X-ray: Well sometimes it can be palpated if it is in the abdomen. Or in some cases and abnormal pulsation can even be visualized. Xrays, especially a ct scan will visualize and confirm it. An ultrasound would also demonstrate the aneurysm.
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
The CT is necessary in order to measure the aneurysm to determine whether a less invasive procedure may be used by a cardiologist for the repair - endoluminal graft - which allows for a shorter recovery period.
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons that repair aneurysms and treat their possible complications, can advise you on the best surgical option for the particular aneurysm. This includes endovascular repair with a stent or open repair.
Feb 22, 2012
CA
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is an aortic aneurysm?

5 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Large aorta: An aortic aneurysm is an aorta which is larger than it should be. This is typically due weakness of the walls of the aorta. This weakness can be secondary to degenerative change, congenital (born with it) abnormalities of the wall of the aorta, or trauma.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Silent killer: Unlike many medical issues, vascular diseases are often silent/symptom free until the "event". No warning symptoms. The "event" associated with aaa/abdominal aortic aneurysm is rupture, where internal bleeding from a crack in the AAA occurs. This event, rupture, carries a high morbidity and mortality. If you want to know if you have a aaa, get an abdominal ultrasound.
Los Angeles, CA
A 24-year-old male asked:

Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? even more so after use of "upper" drugs?

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Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean answered
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Yes--can be mistaken: Aortic aneurysm is highly unlikely in someone your age. The only people I've ever known to have aortic aneurysm have been long-term (more than 20-30 years) smokers. Aortic aneurysms are characterized by a "tearing pain," that moves as the tear expands. Some have compared it to pain of a kidney stone. More likely you're having tachycardia and anxiety from the "uppers."
Los Angeles, CA
A 24-year-old male asked:

Can aortic aneurysm symptoms be mistaken for anything else? even more so after use of drugs? Mostly about the symptom of a mass underneath the

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Dr. Dimitrios Avgerinos
Thoracic Surgery 19 years experience
Aneurysm: an aneurysm is usually asymptomatic, and becomes symptomatic when it enlarges enough. If you can feel a mass and that's the aneurysm, you should have it addressed immediately because it means that it's large enough to create problems

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