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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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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


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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 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 an echo detect abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can an echo detect abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Ultrasound, not echo: Aortic ultrasound or sonogram is commonly used to diagnose aaa, abdominal aortic aneurysm. Echo is specifically used to assess the heart: valves, chambers, ejection fraction, wall motion. ...Read more

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Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

No: A cxr generally extends down to the upper abdomen. The stomach and liver can be seen, but vascular structures in the abdomen are difficult to see. ...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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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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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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Can ultrasound miss an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can ultrasound miss an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Not likely: Some are not ideal if too much gas. Or poor prep or obesity , but usually are repeated if technical issue. The infra renal aorta and iliacs are well visualized in most. ...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

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Abdominal aorta calcification means what?

Abdominal aorta calcification means what?

Calcification : Calcification of blood vessel walls (including of the aorta) is commonly detected by X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound tests. It usually indicates the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease involving cholesterol and thickening/hardening of the vessel wall. ...Read more

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An abdominal aortic aneurysm is significant because?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is significant because?

AAA>5cm may rapture : Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is considered a surgical disease if it is > 5 cm. At that point the risk of rupture is greater then the risk of surgical complications. These days many cases are done via endovascular repair instead of open surgery. ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Largest AAA repaired: You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair?" many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). ...Read more

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What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

What causes ascending aorta aneurysms?

Athersclerosis: Combination of genetics and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis results from smoking and unhealthy eating. ...Read more

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What causes aortic aneurysm?

What causes aortic aneurysm?

Known risk factors: Certain aneurysms are caused by genetic predispositions that is caused by such conditions as marfan's syndrome. Otherwise the usual cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia and smoking. ...Read more

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What does a tortuous abdominal aortic aneurysm mean?

With twists/bends: The term "tortuous" simply means: full of twists, turns and bends. In medicine we use this to describe the pathway of veins or arteries. When either veins or arteries "grow" to become varicose veins or aneurysms, not only do they grow in diameter, but also in length. As they grow longer, they start bending and twisting to accommodate and "fit" into the same body. ...Read more

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Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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 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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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more