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Is an abdominal aortic aneurysm in teenagers even possible?

Is an abdominal aortic aneurysm in teenagers even possible?

Unlikely: Abdominal aortic aneurysms arise due to inflammation over many years. Age >65yrs, a smoking history, and male gender are the greatest risk factors. A family history also comes into play, especially for women. It would be extremely unlikely for a teenager to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more


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Is it possible for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to occur in a healthy 15 year old teen?

Is it possible for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to occur in a healthy 15 year old teen?

Screening: Unlikely but if you have reason for concern then a simple no-risk abdominal ultrasound can evaluate.

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What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Bulging Aorta: Ballooning of the abdominal portion of the aorta. The aorta is one of the major arteries that carry blood from your heart to the rest of the body. Sometimes patients with high blood pressure, cholesterol plaque formation can have weakened wall of this big artery, causing it to bulge (balloon out) like when one blow air into a balloon; if ruptured, instant death can occur.

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What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Ballooning: An aneurysm is diffuse or focal dilatation of an artery like the abdominal aorta of more than 1.5 times its normal size. For abdominal aortic aneurysm generally anything above 3 cm in 50-60yr old patient. They typically don't need fixed unless above 5 cm in females and 5.5 cm in males or rapidly enlarging or causing symptoms.

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What can cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis induced cystic medial necrosis is the most common cause of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

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How can I treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

How can I treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Depends: The treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm depends on a number of factors. Aneurysms should be followed with ultrasound on a serial basis until they reach 5.5 CM or they exhibit rapid growth within a defined period of time. At that point the decision on how to repair the aneurysm depends on a number of anatomic factors that can be defined by an endovascular surgeon.

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Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Can falling cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

No: Trauma such as falling does not cause aaas. They typically form slowly over time due to inflammation in the wall of the aorta. Risk factors are age >65, smoking, male gender and a family history. Interestingly high speed motor vehicle accidents can cause a tear in the thoracic aorta. These are called dissections.

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I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm please help?

I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm please help?

This is serious: This is a serious problem that needs to be regularly followed by a healthcare provider. Surgery is recommended for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) when the aneurysm is large enough (>5.5 cm) because the risk for rupture (often fatal) increases as the size of the AAA increases. An alternative to surgery is stent placement.

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How to tell if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

How to tell if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

US/CT: Unless you have a collagen disorder, abdominal aortic aneuryms are unheard of on people your age. To diagnose it need an abdominal ultrasound of the aorta or an abdominal cat scan without contrast. Sometimes can be palpated on really skinny patients.

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An abdominal aortic aneurysm is significant because?

AAA>5cm may rapture: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is considered a surgical disease if it is > 5 cm. At that point the risk of rupture is greater then the risk of surgical complications. These days many cases are done via endovascular repair instead of open surgery.

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What sort of problem is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Dilation: It is a swelling or dilation of a vessel due to weakness in the wall of the vessel (aorta). The concern is the risk for rupture, which can cause severe pain and massive bleeding.

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How do I know if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

How do I know if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Imaging: If the aneurysm is asymptomatic, you may never know. If you have symptoms, your doctor will order appropriate testing. Most people aren't very good at feeling their own aorta, or wouldn't know where to look. Ct scan, ultrasound, abdominal xray can all see the aneurysm or evidence that one is there.

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What are the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Usually none: Most of AAA have no symptoms and discovered by routine physical exams, screening ultrasound or incidental finding on ct scans. If symptomatic then usually pain in upper to mid abdomen sometimes radiating to the back or just back pain, rupture with severe pain and shock, sometimes present as clots traveling to the legs with acute pain or blue toes. Rare type is infected or inflammatory /fever.

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What are the signs are of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Signs of AAA: There frequently are no signs at all which is why screening ultrasound programs exist to pick them up in higher risk individuals. Some people my report feeling their "heartbeat in their belly". Unusual belly or back pain may also be symptoms.

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How do you know if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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.

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How can you tell if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get checked: AAA may have no symptoms until catastrophe strikes. You may feel a pulsating expanding mass in the abdomen (or not). Family history? Smoker? Diabetic? High blood pressure? Avascular disease? Marfan's syndrome (a connective tissue disease)? All risk factors.Sonogram exam can show AAA when they are small and without symptoms, or bigger; monitored, or treated with stent or surgery if get big enough.

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Is it possible to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and live to 90?

Sure: Life expectancy depends on numerous factors, overall strength and health, mental capabilities, history of heart or lung disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, physical activity, lack of cigarette smoking, etc. An abdominal aortic aneurysm may be small, stable and not enlarging and then not affect a person's like expectancy.

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What are the chances of someone getting an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an AAA?: The chances are small unless you have a family history or certain types of connective tissue diseases.

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What symptoms should I look for if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

None: An abdominal aortic aneurysm is usually silent and has no symptoms until it is beginning to expand or rupture. If you have a family history or are a hypertensive smoker you should be checked. In most cases this involves an ultrasound of the aorta which is a simple screening test.

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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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Aortic Aneurysm (Abdomen) (Definition)

The dangerous condition where a portion of the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, becomes thin and bulges out. This puts the aorta at risk of bursting, which is frequently fatal. ...Read more