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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 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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What symptoms should I look for if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What symptoms should I look for if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

None: An abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually silent and has no symptoms until it is beginning to expand or rupture. If you have a family history or are a hypertensive smoker you should be checked. In most cases this involves an ultrasound of the aorta which is a simple screening test. ...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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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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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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What are the odds I have abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 24 but have symptoms of it for 4 years? Like pulsing and pain

What are the odds I have abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 24 but have symptoms of it for 4 years? Like pulsing and pain

AAA.: It would be unusual to have an AAA at your age, unless you have some underlying medical condition that would make you more likely to have one at your age. We can sometimes normally feel the pulse of the aorta through the skin of the abdomen or even transmitted across the liver if we're pushing on the liver. But it couldn't hurt to confirm/deny with an abdominal ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Usually not: Typically, an abdominal aneurysm causes no symptoms until it ruptures or rapidly expands. In the event of rupture, the pain is sudden and severe. Some enlarging aneurysms can cause back pain or flank pain, but that is less common. ...Read more

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What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Bulging Aorta: Ballooning of the abdominal portion of the aorta. The aorta is one of the major arteries that carry blood from your heart to the rest of the body. Sometimes patients with high blood pressure, cholesterol plaque formation can have weakened wall of this big artery, causing it to bulge ( balloon out) like when one blow air into a balloon; if ruptured, instant death can occur. ...Read more

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What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Ballooning : An aneurysm is diffuse or focal dilatation of an artery like the abdominal aorta of more than 1.5 times its normal size. For abdominal aortic aneurysm generally anything above 3 cm in 50-60yr old patient. They typically don't need fixed unless above 5 cm in females and 5.5 cm in males or rapidly enlarging or causing symptoms. ...Read more

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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 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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How can I treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

How can I treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Depends: The treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm depends on a number of factors. Aneurysms should be followed with ultrasound on a serial basis until they reach 5.5 CM or they exhibit rapid growth within a defined period of time. At that point the decision on how to repair the aneurysm depends on a number of anatomic factors that can be defined by an endovascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Involve renal artery: A juxtarenal AAA is an aneurysm that involves or is associated with the renal arteries which are vital as they supply the kidneys with blood. The repair of this type of aneurysm is very challenging and so be sure and see a board certified Vascular Surgeon with a great deal of experience for consultation and treatment. ...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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What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Lower part: Infra renal aneurysm means it is involving the lower part of the abdominal aorta after it gives rise to the blood vessels supplying the kidneys. Infra renal aneurysms can be generally treated with a stent graft which is implanted going through the artery in the groin. It is thus possible that a major surgery involving opening the abdomen can be avoided. ...Read more

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I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm please help?

I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm please help?

This is serious: This is a serious problem that needs to be regularly followed by a healthcare provider. Surgery is recommended for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) when the aneurysm is large enough (>5.5 cm) because the risk for rupture (often fatal) increases as the size of the AAA increases. An alternative to surgery is stent placement. ...Read more

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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