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What are signs and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are signs and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Silent until rupture: Aaas are typically silent- no signs or symptoms until it starts to rupture. If you are thin and have a large aneurysm you may see it pulsating above the belly button. If you are male, >65yrs, and have ever smoked, an ultrasound can diagnose it. If you are female, a family history, age >65, and having ever smoked are the criteria for a screening ultrasound. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...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 causes abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What causes abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Medial necrosis: Cystic medial necrosis induced by arteriosclerotic obliteration of the vasa vasorum of the aorta is the most common cause. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

What are symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Often there are none: Over 75% of aortic aneurysms are found while tests are performed for another reason. Other aneurysms are found after a thoughtful physical exam raises a suspicion for AAA and a subsequent ultrasound identifies the problem. Screening exam programs are very effective, non-invasive, and inexpensive. ...Read more

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What are the signs are of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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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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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What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

See below: The repair is an operation so you might have pain from the incision. Now if there are complications, you could get many different symptoms depending on the type of complication. The aneurysm itself could cause pain or an abnormal pulsation in the abdomen but most commonly are discover by an x-ray for something else or at the time of a routine physical examination. ...Read more

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What can cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis induced cystic medial necrosis is the most common cause of abdominal aortic aneurysms. ...Read more

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Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections. ...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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How long would symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm blows?

How long would symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm blows?

Rupture AAA: Best care is avoid rupture. Prior to rupture there are little to no symptoms. At time of AAA rupture, a life threatening emergency exists, the risk of death elevates. If you know you have a 10cm aaa, get it evaluated and repaired. If you have been evaluated (with a second opinion) and told a repair is not possible, then stay on your medical regimen. Make plan to avoid er if/when rupture occurs. ...Read more

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Are rapid heartbeats and sweating symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

Are rapid heartbeats and sweating symptoms of an aortic aneurysm?

No, unless ruptured.: If the aneurysm ruptured, mthe patient will be in shock which make rapid heart beats and sweating as the sign of shock. ...Read more

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What are treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

SEVERAL: If it is not tool larger, medicines to control your blood pressure will help prevent it from getting larger. However, if it is expanding rapidly or is large, then there is the danger of it rupturing, which could be fatal. Depending on the location and size, sometimes this can be repaired with a stent meaning that no incision is necessary. Otherwise, an open operation is needed. ...Read more

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Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Chest pain is the most common presenting symptom for thoracic aortic aneurysm. However, in some patients, the initial symptom may be rupture presenting as sudden death. ...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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What is worse thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysm ?

What is worse thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysm ?

Size & location: This really depends on size of the aneurysm , the bigger one especially above 5-5.5 cm will have higher risk of rupture and death. Also location so if aneurysm involves major branches to brain or arteries to kidneys or intestinal arteries all this will make the surgical repair more risky. ...Read more

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Can abdominal aortic aneurysm cause unilateral leg swelling?

Can abdominal aortic aneurysm cause unilateral leg swelling?

Rare: In general this is really a common associated symptom, as aortic aneurysm often don't have any symptoms. If they do, the symptoms tend to be abdominal and/or back pain or nerve pain radiating into the legs. In rare cases when the aneurysm extends to the iliac artery, this can compress on of the major "leg vein"(external iliac vein" which can lead to unilateral leg swelling. ...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


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

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. ...Read more