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Is bruising in the periumbilical area a common sign of a leaking aortic aneurysm?

Is bruising in the periumbilical area a common sign of a leaking aortic aneurysm?

Very Late sign: Since the abdominal aorta is in the retroperitoneum, bleeding most often occurs into the space near the kidneys. Early symptoms are abdominal, back or flank pain. It is more common to have bruising of the flanks (grey turner's sign). It is possible for the blood to track all the way up to the umbilicus, but this would be a pretty late sign. Hopefully you would be in the or by then! ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is having a leaking aortic valve related to an aortic aneurysm?

Is having a leaking aortic valve related to an aortic aneurysm?

Sometimes: Thoracic aortic enlargement and aneurysm can dilate the aortic valve annulus and leakage can occur. Also with aortic valvular stenosis, post stenotic dilation can occur. Abdominal aneurysms are not usually related to valve issues. ...Read more

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I, m 31, had stress test/ecogram of heart 4 months ago, signs were great. Can I develop an aortic aneurysm since then? I'v having mid chest/ back pain

I, m 31, had stress test/ecogram of heart 4 months ago, signs were great. Can I develop an aortic aneurysm since then? I'v having mid chest/ back pain

Yes: Anything can develop. The stress test was a moment in time. However, a stress test looks for blockages in the coronary arteries of your heart, not an aortic aneurysm. Your symptoms could be an aneurysm. If you have personal or family risk factors for that, you need that evaluated. That can be done by angiography or ct. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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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Is aortic aneurysm a common condition?

Is aortic aneurysm a common condition?

No but its not rare: Abdominal aortic aneurysms are more common than thoracic . An aneurysm is defined as an enlargement of the aorta 1.5 x the normal diameter. The incidence is around 37 per 100, 000 patient yrs. There is a 3% prevalence in those over 50 yrs old. Male to female ratio of 9 to 1. Risk factors hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, family history and age. ...Read more

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How long can I live with an aortic aneurysm size 5.5?

Moderate to severe: Enlargement ...Very unusual in someone your age. Recommend evaluation with a cardiologist or cardio thoracic surgeon as risk of rupture increases with increase in size. Don't delay as you may need surgery. ...Read more

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Ascending aortic aneurysm growth rate of 6 mm in a year -- now 4.6 is this a growth rate that could be dangerous?

Need to watch: Ascending aortic aneurysms typically need to be repaired somewhere between 5 and 6 cm in diameter. Typical growth rate is between 2-6 mm per year. The important thing is to keep follow up appointments and scans to closely track its growth. Given your age it is likely you will need it repaired at some point. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more