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Doctor insights on: Diameter Of Abdominal Aorta

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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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Is an abdominal aorta of 14 mm in diameter really small? I read that 2, 5 CM was normal?

Is an abdominal aorta of 14 mm in diameter really small? I read that 2, 5 CM was normal?

Not necessarily.: There is a significant difference is the average size of the female abdominal aorta versus the male aorta.
The average size of the female is about 1.8-2.5 cm,
and the average size of the male aorta is higher.
If the distal vessels, going to the legs are of normal
size and caliber, and the patient is female-there is no concern. If male, then a better look at the walls
of the aorta, is needed. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if you have a beating abdominal aorta?

Aorta: Blood flows through the aorta as it is pumped around the body by the heart. If you don't have 'beating' or blood flow in the aorta, you have serious trouble. If the aorta gets stretched out and enlarged, that is a problem called aneurysm. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problem with beating abdominal aorta?

What to do if I have problem with beating abdominal aorta?

See you doctor: If you are thin, your abdominal aorta may be easy to feel. In most cases, this is benign. Have your doctor examine you to determine if you need any further imaging. ...Read more

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So u really don't think I should worry about my 14mm abdominal aorta having really thin walls??

So u really don't think I should worry about my 14mm abdominal aorta having really thin walls??

No: They usually do not rupture until greater than 5 cm Why would tour Abdominal aorta have thin walls? ...Read more

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Because my abdominal aorta is so small (14mm), does it have to stretch much more than a bigger one?

Because my abdominal aorta is so small (14mm), does it have to stretch much more than a bigger one?

Not necessarily: We don't know YOUR size - your aorta may be proportionate to your body surface area. Regardless, if you're perfusing your lower extremities sufficiently (easily determined by measuring the BP in your legs and comparing it to your arms), then the size or "stretch" is irrelevant. ...Read more

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If u have 14mm abdominal aorta the wall tension must be higher than if I had 25mm aorta? Because the wall thickness r not as great?

Reverse: " tension will directly proportion to the diameter " (physics La Place Law) So bigger the aneurysm greater the chances of rupture. ...Read more

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I keep getting mixed answers. Is it unusual for a 23y/o man to have a 14 mm abdominal aorta? Some say it is? Last questions now sorry...

I keep getting mixed answers. Is it unusual for a 23y/o man to have a 14 mm abdominal aorta? Some say it is? Last questions now sorry...

Small: That's smaller than average, but if your BP in your feet is normal, there's no indication for any intervention and no risk to you. ...Read more

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Pulsation on the abdominal aorta means what?

Pulsation on the abdominal aorta means what?

Depends: May be normal in a thinner or fit patient, or may indicate dilation of the aorta (aneurysm). An ultrasound will sort this out and is painless and easy. ...Read more

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If you have 14mm abdominal aorta as a 23 yo, you will have thinner walls than if you had 2cm healthy aorta and so a weaker aorta. More prone to burst?

If you have 14mm abdominal aorta as a 23 yo, you will have thinner walls than if you had 2cm healthy aorta and so a weaker aorta. More prone to burst?

Just the opposite: Aortic aneurysms have a higher risk of rupture with increasing diameter. Generally they are treated expectantly with observation and antihypertensives if necessary until they become symptomatic (with pain or showering emboli distally), or enlarge greater than 5 cm. The two methods of fixing them are with a traditional operation or more recently, stent placement. ...Read more

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What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

What is ectatic abdominal aorta?

Ectasia: Ectasia is dilation or distension of a blood vessel. ...Read more

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Would a CT enterography be able to visualize the abdominal aorta?

Would a CT enterography be able to visualize the abdominal aorta?

Ct: CT angiogram is a the preferred method to visualize the aorta. Enterography is the visualization of the bowel. However if you are having a CT with IV and oral contrast this should take good look at aorta too? ...Read more

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If X-ray shows abdominal aorta (enlarged) does that mean plaque problem?

It might: Typically an enlarged aorta is due to an anuerysm. The anueysm may or may not contain cholesterol plaque. Aortic aneurysms are repaired once they reach a certain size due to the risk of rupture. People with aortic anuerysms should follow up routinely with a vascular specialist for ongoing management of the condition (cardiologist or vascular surgeon). ...Read more

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In x-ray findings, the Dr. Said that there were extensive artherosclerotic, changes in the visualized abdominal aorta. What does this mean?

Calcium: There is calcium in the wall of the aorta +/- iliac arteries. This is arteriosclerosis or "hardening" of the arteries. This may not need treatment. (other than not smoking, keeping BP and cholesterol under control). A vascular surgeon can tell you if additional testing or treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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Why is a cta abdominal aorta and bilateral iliofemoral runoff performed?

See answer: Usually to evaluate for leg pain with a suspected vascular etiology. Abnormal blockages / occlusions and stenosis / narrowings might be detected. ...Read more

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Would abdominal aorta problem show up on a abdominal X-ray when checking for appendictis?

Would abdominal aorta problem show up on a abdominal X-ray when checking for appendictis?

Usually not: The aorta and/or aneurysms usually can't be seen on a regular x-ray (neither can an appendix) but if the aneurysm is very calcified, one might get a suggestion of an aneurysm. ...Read more

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So my 14mm abdominal aorta is not more likely to rupture than a normal aorta? It's actually less likely due to Laplace law? Can I weight lift much?

So my 14mm abdominal aorta is not more likely to rupture than a normal aorta? It's actually less likely due to Laplace law? Can I weight lift much?

CameToThRightLaPlace: Not "due" to Laplace's Law. LaPlace's Law came about by the Laws of Nature. But like I said, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Lift away, just be smart about it. Proper posture and breathing. Even Arnold had to learn that the hard way! But I sense you need more info or reassurance so do some research on the web or see a cardiologist or internist. Or talk to the guy who ordered the CT. ...Read more

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I have a 14 mm abdominal aorta. Read that 20 is normal so my aorta must have bigger risk of rupture because it's smaller? High BP worse for smaller?

I have a 14 mm abdominal aorta. Read that 20 is normal so my aorta must have bigger risk of rupture because it's smaller? High BP worse for smaller?

Just the opposite: Aortic aneurysms have a higher risk of rupture with increasing diameter. Generally they are treated expectantly with observation and antihypertensives if necessary until they become symptomatic (with pain or showering emboli distally), or enlarge greater than 5 cm. The two methods of fixing them are with a traditional operation or more recently, stent placement. ...Read more

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Ican feel my abdominal aorta always pulsing sometimes its strong sometimes its weaker than other times only when lying on my back 19 6'0 163 lbs. Aaa?

Ican feel my abdominal aorta always pulsing sometimes its strong sometimes its weaker than other times only when lying on my back 19 6'0 163 lbs. Aaa?

Probably not: Very thin patients can often feel their aorta and become concerned that it represents an aneurysm. I wouldn't worry at all. And at 19 an aortic aneurysm would be really unlikely unless you had a connective tissue disorder like marfan's or ehlers-danlos syndromes, but this is likely something you'd have found out by now. ...Read more

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Ct scan: paravertebral soft tissues remarkable for calcifications in the abdominal aorta. Is this fatal?

Calcium in aorta: Atherosclerosis-the fancy name, hardening or the arteries-the common name...Same disease process. Its the calcium that makes them hard. So...Calcifications are very commonly seen in the aortic wall and do not, all by themselves indicate anything remotely fatal. ...Read more

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A xray of my lumbar spine showed a abdominal aorta anuerysm at L4-L5. A follow up C-Scan for a fracture reports, the abdominal area is unremarkable.?

A xray of my lumbar spine showed a abdominal aorta anuerysm at L4-L5. A follow up C-Scan for a fracture reports, the abdominal area is unremarkable.?

Review with your Dr: Hi

Please review the radiology results with your doctor. Generally speaking, we are able to see finer detail of internal organs on CT scans than on X-rays. We typically order CT scans to confirm, refute, or gather more information about questionable findings on X-rays. Below is a link with further information regarding imaging of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. Hope this helps!

http://bit. Ly/2hnK5LH ...Read more