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What are the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm on record?

What are the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm on record?

Good Question: The largest abdominal aneurysm I have operated on was 16 CM in diameter. It is unusual these days to find really large diameter aneuryms due to better screening & due to the number found incidentally when exams such as sonograms or ct scans are performed for other reasons. Increasing size correlates with increased rupture rates. ...Read more

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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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Largest AAA repaired: You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair? " many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). ...Read more

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What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm recorded?

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm recorded?

Unknown: 10 cm is a very large aneurysm. The largest ever is unknown. ...Read more

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Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Is abdominal aortic aneurysm painful?

Usually not: Typically, an abdominal aneurysm causes no symptoms until it ruptures or rapidly expands. In the event of rupture, the pain is sudden and severe. Some enlarging aneurysms can cause back pain or flank pain, but that is less common. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What causes abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Medial necrosis: Cystic medial necrosis induced by arteriosclerotic obliteration of the vasa vasorum of the aorta is the most common cause. ...Read more

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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. ...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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What is Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Involve renal artery: A juxtarenal AAA is an aneurysm that involves or is associated with the renal arteries which are vital as they supply the kidneys with blood. The repair of this type of aneurysm is very challenging and so be sure and see a board certified Vascular Surgeon with a great deal of experience for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What is an infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Lower part: Infra renal aneurysm means it is involving the lower part of the abdominal aorta after it gives rise to the blood vessels supplying the kidneys. Infra renal aneurysms can be generally treated with a stent graft which is implanted going through the artery in the groin. It is thus possible that a major surgery involving opening the abdomen can be avoided. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are the tests for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

CAT, CTA, MRA, US: Cat scan, cta, mra, ultrsound, arteriogram, some may be clinically palpable. ...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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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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Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm please tell me death rate?

Depends on size: Rupture rates from aaa's less than 4 cm are very small. Risk of rupture at 5-5.5 cm is about 5% per year. The risk goes up quickly from there. For example, 10-20% at 6-7 cm, and 20-40% for 7-8 cm. An intervention is often recommended if the aneurysm grows more than 1 cm per year or it is bigger than 5.5 cm. Data also supports consideration for a lower threshold in women (5 cm) - rupture earlier. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Surgery observation: Small aneurysms (less tha 5 cm) are typically followed with ultrasound unless there are factors that worry the doc. Surgery may be done with an abdominal incision - to open the aneurysm and replace it with a plastic graft. More recently, endovasculat techniques enable stenting of the ane3urysm and use smaller incisions. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Growing size of abdominal aortic aneurysm; how much is safe?

Speed matters: 5-5.5 cm is the usual size that repair is recommended. But a growing aneurysm may need earlier repair -- esp if it increases in size by more than 1 cm in less than a year. ...Read more

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm risks; is there a website for that?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm risks; is there a website for that?

A number of them: Go to medlineplus http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/aorticaneurysm. Html
for links to sites about abdominal aortic aneurysm. ...Read more

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What are the chances of me having and abdominal aortic aneurysm?

What are the chances of me having and abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Less than 1 in 200: Men have a higher risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) than women, and at age 55-79 it is about 1 in 200 for them. Your risk at age 34 would be less. Smoking also increases risk. It is recommended specifically that men who have ever smoked get an ultrasound to check for an AAA between the ages of 65 and 75. For general screening recommendations, see the iphone app my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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What is abdominal aortic aneurysm and what can be done about it?

What is aneurysm: Its a weakness in the wall of the artery that allows it to bulge, like a bulge in a garden hose. Ask your doctor to send you to a vascular surgeon. There are a number of options for fixing them when the time comes. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Abdominal aortic aneurysm?

AAA: An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an abnormal widening/dilation of the abdominal aorta. A "Triple-A" can be dangerous and at risk of rupture if it becomes too enlarged. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends on rupture: Incidence and prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)increases with age, making condition a significant issue as the population ages. Most common in elderly men and occurs in 5% to 7% of people over the age of 65 in US. Leading cause of death in men over the age of 55. Post-op mortality for ruptured AAA remains higher than 40%. AAA surgically repaired before rupture, postop mortality 1-6%. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with an abdominal aortic aneurysm die from it?

Depends: Size?
Symptoms?

Historically, a symptomatic 6 cm. aneurysm patient would have a mortality of 80% at one year.
If no symptoms 80% mortality at five years.
Many more are treated earlier in the new era of ENDOVASCULAR therapies. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to suffer from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 18?

Are there any ways to suffer from an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 18?

Unlikely: While the exact cause of abdominal aortic aneurysms (aaas) is unknown, there are some well-defined risk factors. Aaas are often seen in older adults (> 70 years) and much more prevalent in smokers. In younger people with aaas the cause is usually some genetic syndrome, such as Marfan's or ehlers-danlos, which are very rare. Even in these the typical age for developing a AAA is in 40 years or older. ...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. Oliver Aalami
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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