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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Overview)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can rupture if very weakened.


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What is the definition or description of: atrial septal aneurysm?

What is the definition or description of: atrial septal aneurysm?

Floppy septum: The atrial septum devides the right atrium (upper heart chamber) from the left. During developement in the womb, there is a large opening in this wall which closes soon after birth. The closure can be floppy or redundent, and may be referred to as aneurysm. This is benign and not the type of aneurysm that needs repair or is at risk to rupture. ...Read more

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Aneurysm (Overview)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can rupture if very weakened.


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How does an aneurysm differ from a blood clot?

How does an aneurysm differ from a blood clot?

Very different: An aneurysm is an enlargement or dilitation of a blood vessel. This is the result of weakening in the wall of the artery. The flow of blood through the aneurysmal vessel usually remains normal. A blood clot is coagulated blood inside the artery...This impedes blood flow and usually leads to symptoms of ischemia in the part of the body the artery supplies. ...Read more

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What r the symptoms of aneurysms?

What r the symptoms of aneurysms?

Depends: Stable aneurysms (small and not growing) usually have no symptoms ... Large or growing aneurysms, or those about to rupture usually cause pain and problems with organs that have had their artery branches from the aorta closed off (e.g. Intestines, kidneys, legs, etc. ...Read more

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Are intermittent sharp pains signs of aneurysm?

Many causes for pain: Pain (depending on the location-- head, chest, stomach) has different causes. Intermittent sharp pains are more consistent with a local process that irritates the nerve. This is usually due to muscles. If you have concerns about the pains, or if you have other risk factors for aneurysm (family history or are a smoker), then you should make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilated aorta: Approx. 75% of aortic aneurysms are infrarenal. If the diameter of the aneurysm increases >= 0.5 cm/6mo. Period, early intervention advised. Once the aneurysm is 5cm or about twice the diameter of the non involved aorta, elective repair is advised. If 4cm dia and enlarging, repair advised to lower risk of death from exanguinating rupture. See your cardiovascular surgeon or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

X-ray: Well sometimes it can be palpated if it is in the abdomen. Or in some cases and abnormal pulsation can even be visualized. Xrays, especially a ct scan will visualize and confirm it. An ultrasound would also demonstrate the aneurysm. ...Read more

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How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

Depends on size: Ct or mr angiograms are good screening tools, and surgeons are using cta to plan surgery instead of angiograms. If you have an aneurysm, there is a certain chance that it will grow over time. How fast it grows is not predictable. If you don't have an aneurysm, you should have your doctor look for other reasons for headaches. ...Read more

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Long legs, skinny, thin bones, pectus, etc should I get test for aneurysms?

Long legs, skinny, thin bones, pectus, etc should I get test for aneurysms?

Marfan syndrome: It sounds like you suspect you may have marfan. Your doctor will address your concerns, and conduct a workup based on his evaluation. Aortic aneurysm is indeed something to be concerned about in these patients. I compliment you on your research. Echocardiogram, ct are relatively low risk for the diagnostic benefit and early fix, so if your doc recommended them, i'd strongly consider. ...Read more

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What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

CTA and Arteriogram: Ctangiogram, arteriogram and arterial duplex of the popliteal artery. ...Read more

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