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Doctor insights on: Aaa Rupture Symptoms

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How does a ruptured AAA cause dizziness?

How does a ruptured AAA cause dizziness?

Low blood pressure : When a AAA ruptures there is a significant amount of bleeding that occurs. This causes a dramatic drop in blood pressure often leading to hemorrhagic shock. This is what causes lightheaded ness / dizziness. ...Read more

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Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more


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How long should I be in the hospital after a repair of my ruptured aaa?

How long should I be in the hospital after a repair of my ruptured aaa?

Just long enough : This is a better question for the surgeon who saved your life and comes to check on you every day. ...Read more

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

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

Why wait to find out: We start to worry about aneurysms when they are larger than 5 cm. Think of it like a latex balloon. Once it is really big, it pops pretty easy. Any symptoms at all are a sign of impending rupture. And rupture has devastating consequences, including sudden death. See a vascular surgeon before there are symptoms. Once it is symptomatic it might be too late. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have a pulsatile mass in my abd. Upper sono ruled out aaa, liv, kid, pan, gb. I have all symptoms of crc except anemia, +fobt. Can it stil b colitis?

I have a pulsatile mass in my abd. Upper sono ruled out aaa, liv, kid, pan, gb. I have all symptoms of crc except anemia, +fobt. Can it stil b colitis?

Could: Still be something in your digestive tract. I would recommend an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy assuming all the above test were negative. If you are very thin, this may be a normal finding that you just became aware of but since you have gone thru such an extensive workup to date, why not r/o all with the scopes. ...Read more

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Can a person have pain with an abdominal aortic aneurysm before it actually ruptures?

Can a person have pain with an abdominal aortic aneurysm before it actually ruptures?

Pain w/o rupture?: At times a contained rupture can allow someone with a lot of pain to put off, temporarily, the big catastrophe. This is an urgent situation at that point which generally requires immediate attention. ...Read more

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What percentage of people that have an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it? Is it possible to live out the rest of your life without having it rupture?

It's possible: Ruptured AAA is still in the top 20 causes of death. However, if you know you have a AAA you can impact its course. Getting it fixed and/or managing your risk factors with your vascular team is a possible. ...Read more

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My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, i was traumatized, i'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

My father passed away four months ago of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, i was traumatized, i'm 20, what are the chances of me developing this?

Most of these: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (aaa's) occur in older (over 65) patients with a history of smoking and/or hypertension. If a AAA occurs in someone younger or without typical risk factors then testing for various syndromes and genetic predispositions can be performed. Your doctor can help parse this out. ...Read more

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