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Is it possible to save a man who is having ruptured aortic aneurysm?

Is it possible to save a man who is having ruptured aortic aneurysm?

Difficult: Ruptured aa is very dangerous with high mortality. There is also risk of disability like kidney failure, stroke and paralysis. To get a patient with ruptured aa out of the or to the ICU is regarded as a "save" for the anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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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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I'm 29 years old and have a 1.9cm splenic artery annyurism. I will be undergoing a arteriogram to repair it. What are the risks? How is recovery?

I'm 29 years old and have a 1.9cm splenic artery annyurism.  I will be undergoing a arteriogram to repair it. What are the risks? How is recovery?

Risks: There are always risks of bleeding and rupture of the artery or puncture of the spleen, but this is rare. Recovery is actually very rapid aside from recommending no blunt force trauma for quite some time. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Why is it that if a dialysis patient has a ruptured fistula and is haemorrhaging, you shouldn't place a torniquet proximal to the haemorrhage?

Why is it that if a dialysis patient has a ruptured fistula and is haemorrhaging, you shouldn't place a torniquet proximal to the haemorrhage?

Direct pressure: Hold direct pressure over the leak try to control without clotting the entire fistula or graft, so that it may be salvaged. Tourniquet may stop the bleeding if high enough pressure but may clot the fistula and require more extensive repair. Call 911 and get help and transport. ...Read more

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Is it possible to live with a ruptured spleen without getting surgery?

Is it possible to live with a ruptured spleen without getting surgery?

Yes: It depends mainly on the degree of injury. Some minor spleen injuries or fractures do heal without surgery, especially in children. Deeper or more extensive spleen injures may not heal without surgery though. Also if excess bleeding occurs requiring too many blood transfusions, then surgery may also be necessary. ...Read more

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My sister has just had a a tear in a carotid artery while having an angiogram. How serious is this, how is it repaired?

My sister has just had a a tear in a carotid artery while having an angiogram. How  serious is this, how is it repaired?

It may or may not be: Sometimes the area heals itself. Other times it is necessary to surgically open the neck, free up the artery, clamp it above and below the injury, open the artery and repair the injury with stitches. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone in their 20s to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Is it possible for someone in their 20s to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Most atherosclerotic aneurysms are in the older population.There are congenital, infectious, and traumatic aneurysms that can occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have a cerebral aneurysm by poisoning?

Is it possible for someone to have a cerebral aneurysm by poisoning?

Never heard of this: I have never heard of development of a cerebral aneurysm due to poisoning. ...Read more

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Is it alright to massage someone with an aortic aneurysm?

Dr. Laura Pak Dr. Pak
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Is it alright to massage someone with an aortic aneurysm?

Yes: With the exception of deep abdominal massage or forceful back massage when the person is lying on his stomach. In general, we advise patients with abdominal aneurysms control blood pressure, refrain from smoking, and stay away from activities that increase intraabdominal pressure (like sit-ups or crunches or heavy lifting). ...Read more

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Is it possible for a tubal pregnancy to reach 6 months or the mother would have died already from a rupture ?

Is it possible for a tubal pregnancy to reach 6 months or the mother would have died already from a rupture ?

Very rare: A tubal pregnancy almost never makes it to 6 months. There have been a few cases of pregnancies outside of the uterus surviving to term but this is very very rare. When it happens it is written up in a medical journal: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3158531/ Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is it risky to get a heart stint in a artery that already has a stent?

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Is it risky to get a heart stint in a artery that already has a stent?

Depends: Stents within stents are not uncommon, but risk is more often related to technical issues of placement and location. Skilled and experienced operators can perform these interventions safely, but each situation is different and one must ask the doctor to determine and explain the risk. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an ascending aortic aneurysm to shrink?

Is it possible for an ascending aortic aneurysm to shrink?

Not usually: But there is some variation in ct, mri, ultrasound so that one may see a report with a few millimeters ambiance: 4. 2. 4.3 4.1 probably no change. Also some after surgical repair or endovascular repair will be shrunk. ...Read more

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Can you be born with a brain aneurysm even if there is no recent history ruptured aneurysms in family? What causes it in a 20 year old?

Can you be born with a brain aneurysm even if there is no recent history ruptured aneurysms in family? What causes it in a 20 year old?

Aneurysms congenital: Brain aneurysms are thought to be congenital and vast majority of them occur without any familial tendencies. However, some families do show multiple family members with aneurysms. Aneurysms are likely weak spot in the artery and grow slowly over years. It is unlikely to show up by 20 but it can. ...Read more

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Is it possible for AAA repair to cause a hemopericardium?

Is it possible for AAA repair to cause a hemopericardium?

Hemopericardium?: In an open "surgical " repair central lines may be placed and the wires used to put them in may cause trouble like that. In many many repairs I have never heard of such an occurrence though. ...Read more

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My mother has an aortic aneurysm. What is the chance that I will also get this?

My mother has an aortic aneurysm. What is the chance that I will also get this?

AAA: When aortic aneurysms affect a female in your family you have an increased likelihood for AAA. You can diminish your risk as opposed to increasing your risk by never smoking and controlling your blood pressure. You are too young for AAA screening by ultrasound. If other relatives have AAA get screened in the future as your physician recommends. ...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. 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