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Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Isit possible that I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm when I'm only 24 but have sharp pains and pulsing in lower leftabdomen and middle for 3-4 years?

Can't tell: Symptoms aren't peculiar to aneurysm, you need to be seen however if you have had these symptoms for long. History and physical examination would direct further management, like need for imaging studies and what type, good luck ...Read more

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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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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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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What are the tests for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are the tests for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

CAT, CTA, MRA, US: Cat scan, cta, mra, ultrsound, arteriogram, some may be clinically palpable. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

How to tell if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

US/CT: Unless you have a collagen disorder, abdominal aortic aneuryms are unheard of on people your age.
To diagnose it need an abdominal ultrasound of the aorta or an abdominal cat scan without contrast. Sometimes can be palpated on really skinny patients. ...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 sort of problem is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What sort of problem is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilation: It is a swelling or dilation of a vessel due to weakness in the wall of the vessel (aorta). The concern is the risk for rupture, which can cause severe pain and massive bleeding. ...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 is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm recorded?

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm recorded?

Unknown: 10 cm is a very large aneurysm. The largest ever is unknown. ...Read more

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What are the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm on record?

What are the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm on record?

Good Question: The largest abdominal aneurysm I have operated on was 16 CM in diameter. It is unusual these days to find really large diameter aneuryms due to better screening & due to the number found incidentally when exams such as sonograms or ct scans are performed for other reasons. Increasing size correlates with increased rupture rates. ...Read more

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What are the chances of someone getting an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an AAA?: The chances are small unless you have a family history or certain types of connective tissue diseases. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone in their 20s to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Most atherosclerotic aneurysms are in the older population. There are congenital, infectious, and traumatic aneurysms that can occur. ...Read more

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At what point should I consider surgery for my abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Large or gets bigger: Greater than 6cm or some say greater than 5 cm. .. Or if getting bigger, more than 1 cm increase per year. .. Or if affecting your abdominal organs. .. ...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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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 the nursing care for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Resuscitation: The most critical part of nursing after a AAA repair is the immediate post-operative period- especially if the repair is done in an open fashion. There are dramatic fluid shifts that occur and close monitoring of acid-base status, blood pressure, blood counts, and breathing are critical. Once the breathing tube is out and the patients starts to eat, the focus becomes pain control and slow rehab. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Size: Abdominal aneurysms should be treated surgically if greater than or equal to 6 cm (sometimes 5.5 cm depending on the age and risks), if symptomatic or if it grows at a rate greater than 0.5 cm/ 6 months.
The treatment is endovascular repair unless the anatomy is unfavorable (unusual).
You should see a board certified vascular surgeon with endovascular experience. ...Read more

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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 the pathophysiology of abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Inflammatory process: The exact mechanism for AAA formation is not known. There are several etiologies/theories. The most widely accepted is that aaas form due to an inflammatory process in the wall of the aorta associated with atherosclerosis. Inflammatory cells are thought to degrade structural proteins (such as elastin) in the wall of the aorta, weakening it and allowing for aneurysm formation. ...Read more

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Would xray be able to recognize an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Aneurysm Diagnosis: Although regular x-ray test can occasionally diagnose an aneurysm (if there is calcium buildup in the aneurysm wall), the test is unreliable. The main tests used for diagnosis are either ultrasounds or ct scans. Mri is also useful. The particular test that is best will depend on the location of the aneurysm. Brain aneurysms typically by ct or MRI and other aneurysm often ultrasound initially. ...Read more

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How can an abdominal aortic aneurysm effect one or both kidneys?

How can an abdominal aortic aneurysm effect one or both kidneys?

Location location: An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of the wall of the aorta causing it to balloon out. In most cases this weakening is in the part of the aorta below the kidney arteries. Sometimes an aneurysm may involve the part of the aorta where the kidney arteries originate. These type of aneurysms are more challenging to treat especially if you are pursuing a minimally invasive option. ...Read more

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Is abdominal aortic aneurysm the same thing as aortic dissection?

AAA v dissection: Not really; an aneurysm bulges due to a weakness in the artery wall. A dissection is a tear in one or more (of the three) layers of the artery wall which continues in one or both directions. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Basically, trying to prevent the AAA from rupturing or leaking. This can be done with surgery (open vs. Placed via blood vessel) or with medical management and follow-up. The most "natural" thing is to do nothing, but this has a much higher death rate than surgical repair or blood pressure control with meds. Avoiding stress, tobacco, etc. May help keep BP down when used in conjunction with meds. ...Read more

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Can you diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope w/o x-ray?

Can you diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope w/o x-ray?

No: Physical exam can tell if there pulsatile mass in the abdomen but can miss a lot of aneurysms. Listening with the stethoscope does not help. You need a screening duplex ultrasound. Plain abdominal x-ray is not very helpful unless to much calcium in the aortic wall can suggest an aneurysm. ...Read more

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Would a regular abdominal xray be able to see an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an Ultrasound: Plain x-rays use ionizing radiation and can miss many aneurysms - only images the ones that have a lot of calcium in them (many don't have calcium at all). Ultrasound uses sound waves and sees just about every aneurysm so it's the very best screening test! ...Read more

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What's a simple, painless treatment for my grandpa's abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Depends: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are watched closely, operated on, or treated with endovascular stent grafting, all while strictly controlling blood pressure. Treatment depends on size of the aaa, age and condition of the patient, and other factors. At minimum it should be followed closely by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can there be any connection between an abdominal aortic aneurysm and eating disorders?

Not likely: Except with some huge aneurysms, early full feeling with meal --early satiety site term. ...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