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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Aortic Aneurysm (Abdomen) (Definition)

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is 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. Weakness of the wall of the aorta is often due to a long history of high blood pressure and plaque buildup. ...Read more


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What are signs and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are signs and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Silent until rupture: Aaas are typically silent- no signs or symptoms until it starts to rupture. If you are thin and have a large aneurysm you may see it pulsating above the belly button. If you are male, >65yrs, and have ever smoked, an ultrasound can diagnose it. If you are female, a family history, age >65, and having ever smoked are the criteria for a screening ultrasound. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long can symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures?

How long can symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures?

Why wait to find out: We start to worry about aneurysms when they are larger than 5 cm. Think of it like a latex balloon. Once it is really big, it pops pretty easy. Any symptoms at all are a sign of impending rupture. And rupture has devastating consequences, including sudden death. See a vascular surgeon before there are symptoms. Once it is symptomatic it might be too late. ...Read more

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How long will symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures?

How long will symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures?

Usually no symptoms: Most aneurysms do not give any symptoms until they rupture. A 10cm aneurysm has been present for many years. The normal aorta is about 2 cm, and aneurysms tend to grow about .4 cm/year, meaning about 16 years. A 10 cm aneurysm should be treated very urgently, as it is at very high risk of rupturing, and outcomes are worse when treating a ruptured aneurysm than when treating electively. ...Read more

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What is a symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. How can I know if I have one?

What is a symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. How can I know if I have one?

Asymptomatic : Most of patients with aortic aneurysms aa are asymptomatic and discovered with routine physical exam , screening duplex ultrasounds and as incidental finding on ct scans . Some patients may have abdominal/chest or back pain or rupture. ...Read more

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How long would symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm blows?

How long would symptoms be present before a 10cm abdominal aortic aneurysm blows?

Rupture AAA: Best care is avoid rupture. Prior to rupture there are little to no symptoms. At time of AAA rupture, a life threatening emergency exists, the risk of death elevates. If you know you have a 10cm aaa, get it evaluated and repaired. If you have been evaluated (with a second opinion) and told a repair is not possible, then stay on your medical regimen. Make plan to avoid er if/when rupture occurs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Why is the abdominal aortic aneurysm more common?

Why is the abdominal aortic aneurysm more common?

Less wall elastin : The aorta, the main artery that delivers blood from the chest to the belly, has a protein known as elastin in its wall. Smoking and COPD affect biochemistry destroying elastin, leading to weakening in the wall causing it to bulge out forming an aneurysm. Why most common in abdomen? Cause elastin layer is thickest in chest thins at renal arteries in abdomen - no surprise they often form there 1st! ...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


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