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What are signs and symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Kevin Nolan
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Signs of AAA

The reason we screen for them is they are often silent but on some occasions people report feeling their heartbeat in the stomach.
Other symptoms can be caused by an aneurysm pushing against something else in the body. Ask your doctor if your concerned you may have one. A simple ultrasound will answer the question for you.

In brief: Signs of AAA

The reason we screen for them is they are often silent but on some occasions people report feeling their heartbeat in the stomach.
Other symptoms can be caused by an aneurysm pushing against something else in the body. Ask your doctor if your concerned you may have one. A simple ultrasound will answer the question for you.
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Pulsatile mass

In abdomen. Usually no pain unless getting ready to rupture.
May embolize small clots to toe which cause small blue spots - blue toe syndrome.

In brief: Pulsatile mass

In abdomen. Usually no pain unless getting ready to rupture.
May embolize small clots to toe which cause small blue spots - blue toe syndrome.
Dr. Michael Korona
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