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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Aortic Aneurysm (Abdomen) (Definition)

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is the dangerous condition where a portion of the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, becomes thin and bulges out. This puts the aorta at risk of bursting, which is frequently fatal. Weakness of the wall of the aorta is often due to a long history of high blood pressure and plaque buildup. ...Read more


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How does an abdominal aortic aneurysm affect my kidneys?

How does an abdominal aortic aneurysm affect my kidneys?

Aneurysm and kidney : Many abdominal aortic aneurysms start below your kidneys and therefore don't actually affect them. ...Read more

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What is a symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. How can I know if I have one?

What is a symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. How can I know if I have one?

Asymptomatic : Most of patients with aortic aneurysms aa are asymptomatic and discovered with routine physical exam , screening duplex ultrasounds and as incidental finding on ct scans . Some patients may have abdominal/chest or back pain or rupture. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Usually none: Most of AAA have no symptoms and discovered by routine physical exams, screening ultrasound or incidental finding on ct scans. If symptomatic then usually pain in upper to mid abdomen sometimes radiating to the back or just back pain , rupture with severe pain and shock , sometimes present as clots traveling to the legs with acute pain or blue toes. Rare type is infected or inflammatory /fever. ...Read more

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What are the signs are of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Signs of AAA: There frequently are no signs at all which is why screening ultrasound programs exist to pick them up in higher risk individuals. Some people my report feeling their "heartbeat in their belly". Unusual belly or back pain may also be symptoms. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilated aorta: Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the aneurysm is 5cm or about twice the diameter of the non involved aorta, elective repair is advised. If 4cm dia and enlarging, repair advised to lower risk of death from exanguinating rupture. See your cardiovascular surgeon or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope?

Can you diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope?

No: You may hear a noise- bruit. With the scope held on the abdomen, it may bounce and with additional palpating you may detect the pulsatille mass- aneurysm. Some by exam, but since we are an obese society these days, more are found on ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read more

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Can a good d-dimer blood test result help exclude an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: At this stage, the use of d-dimer levels for AAA screening is experimental and may be used in conjunction with other screening modalities (ultrasound / ct scans). It would not be safe to only use d-dimer levels to screen for aaa's. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

By scan: Abdominal aortic aneurysms can sometimes be found by a good physical exam , it helps if you are thin. Otherwise, if there is a family history of aneurysm, or strong suspicion of one...An ultrasound of the abdomen can often rule it in or out..Failing that a ct-scan is the most accurate and expensive way to diagnose this problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
928 doctors shared insights

Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

Aortic aneurysm is a medical condition in which there is an balloon like outpouching in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Most commonly, this aneurysm occurs in the segment of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Rupture can lead to massive ...Read more


Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more