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Is a 3.8 CM descending aorta an ectasia or an aneurysm and what is the difference? Can anything be done to decrease it or keep it from increasing?

Is a 3.8 CM descending aorta an ectasia or an aneurysm and what is the difference? Can anything be done to decrease it or keep it from increasing?

Aneurysm: The difference between an aneurysm and a ectasia is one of degree. An ectasia is a mild enlargement of the aorta that is less then 1.5 times bigger than normal. Bigger than that is called an aneurysm. The normal size is 2cm so >3.0= aneurysm. More then 5.5 is considered large. The most important factor is very good BP control. Dr will be following this with ultrasounds every 6-12 mo. Good healh ...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


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What does "minimal ectasia versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery" mean??

What does "minimal ectasia versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery" mean??

Artery wider there: Slight widening of the cerebral artery compared to the majority of the artery. No need for concern but needs to be followed by serial scans. Suggest MRI because of less (0) radiation over the years ...Read more

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What does it mean when "minimal ectasia versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery? "

What does it mean when "minimal ectasia versus tiny aneurysm of the P1 segment of the left posterior cerebral artery? "

Abnormality: The wording suggests that one if the blood vessels that supplies the posterior part of your brain is dilated. This could be from weakening of the walls of the vessel most likely from a congenital problem in the young and atherosclerosis in the elderly. ...Read more

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Difference between aneurysm and ectasia?

Difference between aneurysm and ectasia?

Size: Ectasia is usually a slight dilation and perhaps a long segment.
Aneurysm is a significant dilation 2- 2.5 times normal and frequently a shorter length of involved vessel, but not always.
Ectasia can expand to aneurysm size over time.
Large aneurysms have a rupture risk an require intervention- surgery. ...Read more

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I been having pulsation in my right side of my ribs. I have a right renal aneurysm and an aneurysmal dilation in my liver. Can be related?

I been having pulsation in my right side of my ribs. I have a right renal aneurysm and an aneurysmal dilation in my liver. Can be related?

Here are some. ..: The bruit from blood flow turbulence in arterial aneurysm or stenosis may be felt as pulsation but very unlikely from that in the deep seated area like renal and hepatic arteries. The possible issue of linking pulsation in right ribs with renal / hepatic aneurysm should be directed with the Doc who ordered the imaging studies and has taken care of you. Online speculation would not be sure for such ...Read more

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Aneurysms run in family. Do I need to fix this? There is a rim calcified 0.9 cm distal splenic artery aneurysm. There is some diffuse mild dilation of the entire pancreatic duct without definite ampullary mass or calcification.

Aneurysms run in family. Do I need to fix this? There is a rim calcified 0.9 cm distal splenic artery aneurysm. There is some diffuse mild dilation of the entire pancreatic duct without definite ampullary mass or calcification.

Aneurysms: A runs in family. Have splenic one calcified. ANS: many kinds are facial so need more details: brain, aorta, renal artery. Any HBP? I specialize in this so happy to do 2nd opinion. Usually leave splenic ones alone. Do family tree on A and discuss with your team. ...Read more

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A year ago 11x0.9 CM aneurysm, now results say 10x13x7 mm did it shrink? I'm really confused...

A year ago 11x0.9 CM aneurysm, now results say 10x13x7 mm did it shrink? I'm really confused...

I am too.: Are you sure of the units you are using? Don't know any physician that would allow someone out of their sight, let alone office with an aneurysm with even one dimension being 11centimeters. Please check you units and dimensions and re-post. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 31 and I just found out that I have an aneurysm on my aorta. What to do if I'm very scared. Does anyone have any info that they can share with me?

What to do if I'm 31 and I just found out that I have an aneurysm on my aorta. What to do if I'm very scared. Does anyone have any info that they can share with me?

Depends: What part of your aorta? What size? Do you have Marfan's, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, annulo-aortic ectasia, or family hx of aortic aneurysm or sudden or unexpected death? ...Read more

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I'm having pain In left temple for few days it's not everyday and it hurts for a second then goes away. I'm worried it's aneurysm of disease?

I'm having pain In left temple for few days it's not everyday and it hurts for a second then goes away. I'm worried it's aneurysm of disease?

See a physician: If you have persistent headaches, see your physician for evaluation. They can both take a history and examine you to recommend either further evaluation and/or therapeutic options. ...Read more

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What is aneurysm?

What is aneurysm?

Aneurysm: Aneurysm is abnormal dilation of an artery: some say 1.5x normal size while others say twice or more the size of the native artery represents aneurysmal dilation. True aneurysm contains all the layers of the arterial wall while false aneurysm may have any or all components of the wall missing. ...Read more

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Would an ABI detect an aneurysm?

Would an ABI detect an aneurysm?

No: The ABI it self is simply a pressure ratio of your blood vessel flow. You may or may not have blockage with an aneurysm. The more appropriate test to evaluate for aneurysm is a duplex of the pertinent location. ...Read more

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What are causes/risk factors of/for aneurysms and embolisms?

What are causes/risk factors of/for aneurysms and embolisms?

Abdominal (AAA)?: We are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as high blood pressure and smoking. ...Read more

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What are cerebral aneurysms?

What are cerebral aneurysms?

Grapes on a vine: Cerebral aneurysms are out pouch rings of the blood vessels along their normal course. Blood vessels should generally resemble drinking straws which gradually taper as they reach their end. In aneurysms, the arteries bulge out, sometimes very prominently (looking much like grapes on a vine) and posing a substantial risk of rupture because of the stress this places on the vessel. ...Read more

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How are aortic aneurysms caused?

How are aortic aneurysms caused?

Occur not caused: Congenital
familial rare Marfan etc
atherosclerosis and wall deterioration over time with dilation
some after dissection
some after trauma- more pseudoaneurysms from that. ...Read more

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How serious is a 8cm iliac aneurysm?

How serious is a 8cm iliac aneurysm?

Very: Two reasons- it can send clot down the arteries and cause death of the leg resulting in amputation. It also may rupture. ...Read more

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