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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 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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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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What are the leading causes of aneurysms?

What are the leading causes of aneurysms?

Run in families: Although it is not entirely clear as to what causes aneurysms, there is a definite familial predisposition to their development. If a parent or sibling has or have had an aneurysm, it is important to be checked. This can be done simply and easily with an ultrasound. Contact a vascular surgeon and have the test done at an icavl accredited vascular laboratory. ...Read more

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How long can you live with untreated aneurysm?

How long can you live with untreated aneurysm?

Difficult to say: The risk of complications from aortic aneurysm is variable. Many factors, including size, symptoms, BP management, ..... All influence the likelihood of having a complication. For aneurysms greater than 6 cm in diameter, rupture occurrs at 3.7% per year, rupture or dissection at 6.9% per year, death at 11.8%, and death, rupture, or dissection at 15.6% per year. This risk increases with size. ...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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Can i get an aneurysm after having dialisis?

Can i get an aneurysm after having dialisis?

Explanation: Yes - pseudoaneurysms at graft or dialysis needle sites are common. Other aneurysms can occur in the older, smoking, atherosclerotic, diabetic population that has renal failure commonly. ...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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