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The regular abdominal xray. Can you see an aortic aneurysm if I had one?

The regular abdominal xray. Can you see an aortic aneurysm if I had one?

No: Usually not unless there was calcification in the artery walls that shows up on plain film. Otherwise ct scan. ...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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The abdominal X-ray can see an aortic aneurysm if I had one, right?

The abdominal X-ray can see an aortic aneurysm if I had one, right?

Nope: Only if it is calcified. The best test is an ultrasound. That can follow the aorta and is commonly used to monitor the aneurysm. A ct scan can see it as well, but is much more expensive. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an abd aortic aneurysm if i've had abd ultrasound and echo in the past four months? Do they grow that quickly?

Is it possible to have an abd aortic aneurysm if i've had abd ultrasound and echo in the past four months? Do they grow that quickly?

AAA: First of all abdominal aortic aneuysms are almost unheard of in a 38 year old woman. It is worth pointing out however that anyone can open a facility and buy an ultrasound machine. Make sure your ultrasound and report came from a facility with appropriate certification or ask your doctor if it did. You can be more confident the report is accurate that way. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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Would a regular abdominal xray be able to see an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Would a regular abdominal xray be able to see an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an Ultrasound: Plain x-rays use ionizing radiation and can miss many aneurysms - only images the ones that have a lot of calcium in them (many don't have calcium at all). Ultrasound uses sound waves and sees just about every aneurysm so it's the very best screening test! ...Read more

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If u have a aneurysm in thoracic aorta and made a echocardiogram, would doc see it ? if it was at the arch for example? didnt tell doc my worries

Not the arch: the echo will show the aortic root and part of the ascending aorta but not the arch. this will require a TEE or a CT scan . ...Read more

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I have had an aneurysm on my brain stem which was repaired with an aneurysm clip, can you still get more aneurysms later?

I have had an aneurysm on my brain stem which was repaired with an aneurysm clip, can you still get more aneurysms later?

Sometimes: Most cerebral aneurysms are congenital in origin and rarely multiple unless you have an underlying genetic condition. If they did a full angiogram in the past, they would have looked at all the vessels. If they did not, you should get one. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing cerebral aneurysms. ...Read more

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Had a chest CT scan for breathing issues which was normal. Would you be able to see an enlarged right heart on a CT scan? I can see the heart.

CT: Yes you can identify enlarged heart. An MD should be able to tell you if such is the case. If you have the report and this is not mentioned there then likely not. In addition quality of study also plays an important role in saying yes or no ...Read more

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If a CT scan determined you have no anuerysm can you still have an anuerysm?

Not likely: Ct is highly accurate. Ct looks at specific areas, so hypothetically a ct of chest would miss something in the head or abdomen- but that's why the doctor orders specific area testing. ...Read more

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What can I use for abdominal aortic aneurysm if I don't have a doctor?

Not much: All treatment options require a doctor to repair it or medications to control it. If you have any habits like smoking or stimulant use, cessation can help and does not require a doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my md suggesting genetic testing to help determine if I should wait or have surgery soon on my 4.9 thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Why is my md suggesting genetic testing to help determine if I should wait or have surgery soon on my 4.9 thoracic aortic aneurysm?

Cause: Aortic aneurysms caused by genetic predisposition can have a much higher rupture rate and a more rapid rate of growth. These are operated on at a smaller size. Otherwise, 5- 5.5cm is the usual size to consider surgery. If there is a family history, or if the genetic testing is positive, family members should be tested. ...Read more

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If you have a normal aortic root size. And normal echo could you still have a thoracic aneurysm?

If you have a normal aortic root size. And normal echo could you still have a thoracic aneurysm?

Thoracic aneurysm.: Not all thoracic aneurysms originate from the aortic root. If suspicion still exists, a transesophageal echocardiogram or CT of the chest may be more informative. ...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


Dr. Anthony Filly
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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more