A member asked:

Is it normal for your doctor to feel your aorta easily while touching the abdomen really well? kinda scared pls help.

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Dr. Tzy-Shiuan Kuo answered

Specializes in Cardiology

See below: Only if you are real skinny with strong pulse. Otherwise you may have an aneurysm

Answered 5/27/2018


Dr. Katherine Caldwell answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Exam of the aorta: Yes, if you are normal weight or thin, it should be easy for your doctor to feel the aorta in your abdomen. It is much harder in overweight/obese patients. You may even be able to feel it yourself while you are lying on your back. We check it to make sure it is the right size, not enlarged. An enlarged aorta would be mentioned on an abdominal CT or MRI report.

Answered 4/26/2016



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