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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Overview)

Aortic aneurysm is a medical condition in which there is an balloon like outpouching in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Most commonly, this aneurysm occurs in the segment of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Rupture can lead to massive internal bleeding and death.


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Will aortic aneurysm disappear?

Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Will aortic aneurysm disappear?

NO: Only when it is surgically excissed.

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Overview)

Aortic aneurysm is a medical condition in which there is an balloon like outpouching in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Most commonly, this aneurysm occurs in the segment of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Rupture can lead to massive internal bleeding and death.


Dr. J mark Rheudasil
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How does thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm detection work?

Dr. J mark Rheudasil
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How does thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm detection work?

Rarely has symptoms: Most aneurysms are without symptoms until they begin to rupture or rapidly expand. Most are discovered on chest x-ray, ultrasound or ct scan looking for another problem typically, repair is not indicated in this location until the diameter is 5.5-6 cm. ...Read more

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Is chest pain an initial symptom of thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Dr. Francis Uricchio
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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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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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What are the symptoms of aortic aneurysm?

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What are the symptoms of aortic aneurysm?

Depends: You may not have any symptoms from an aneurysm until it is too late. If you have a family history or even a suspicion of having an aneurysm it is worth having this checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Are there warning signs for an aortic aneurysm? Any ways to prevent one? Is there an exam that shows if you are susceptible to one?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Perhaps: Positive family history, marfans or connective tissue disease, hypertension, smoking, no absolute predictors, but good accurate exams and imaging are available. Aneurysm can affect any part of the aorta - chest, abdomen pelvis and any named vessel! so full history and exams are relevant. ...Read more

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

Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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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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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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How does a doctor diagnose aortic aneurysm?

Dr. Louis Grenzer
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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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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Can a good d-dimer blood test result help exclude an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dr. Oliver Aalami
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No: At this stage, the use of d-dimer levels for AAA screening is experimental and may be used in conjunction with other screening modalities (ultrasound / ct scans). It would not be safe to only use d-dimer levels to screen for aaa's. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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What are the tests for aortic aneurysm?

Dr. Crystal Twynham
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What are the tests for aortic aneurysm?

Ultrasound: A high quality abdominal ultrasound is the best test to exclude an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Don't delay and get checked out today! good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Sheppeck
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How do you know if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dr. Richard Sheppeck
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
31 years in practice
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By scan: Abdominal aortic aneurysms can sometimes be found by a good physical exam , it helps if you are thin. Otherwise, if there is a family history of aneurysm, or strong suspicion of one...An ultrasound of the abdomen can often rule it in or out..Failing that a ct-scan is the most accurate and expensive way to diagnose this problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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