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.
Aneurysm symptom. It is usually detected by examination of the abdomen and auscultation: we can feel the size manually and hear the murmur of the circulation in an enlarged vessel. We do not always find by manual exam. Fortuitous discovery while looking for something else. There are causes favorizing the development of abd aneurysm, from inborn genetically predisposed to long term results of infections.

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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...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

How can an abdominal aortic aneurysm effect one or both kidneys?

Location. If the aneurysm involves the area around the arteries going to the kidneys, either one or both of them can thrombose. Read more...
Location location. An aortic aneurysm is a weakening of the wall of the aorta causing it to balloon out. In most cases this weakening is in the part of the aorta below the kidney arteries. Sometimes an aneurysm may involve the part of the aorta where the kidney arteries originate. These type of aneurysms are more challenging to treat especially if you are pursuing a minimally invasive option. Read more...

I have a brain aneurysm. What are the chances that I have another one somewhere else in my body like an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Low in most cases... Unless you have a known history of peripheral vascular disease or one of the many other causes of aneurysms (polycystic kidney disease or other connective tissue disorders) the likelihood of another aneurysm is quite low. Read more...
Not a usual relation. Aneurysms in knee and groin vessles can be associated with abdominal aneurysms. Aneurysms that just happen to occur in the head are not usually predictive of aneurysms elsewhere. Read more...

How does one get rid of an abdominal aortic aneurysm; it sounds really major surgery?

AAA. By endo vascular non-invasive intervention or by open abdominal surgery to replace that segment of the aorta. Decisions depend of risk factors (age, health situation, risk of post-op complication, comorbidities...). Read more...
Surgery. There is no known medical treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA . If the AAA reach certain diameter 5-5.5 cm then it needs repair : endovascular stent or open surgery. Read more...

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

AAA 10cm. Not heard of 10cm, must be a very lucky person to be alive till then, as surgery is indicated when it reaches above 4.5cm diameter. Read more...
It depends. This is an emergency you do not want to wait for symptoms see a specialist immediately. Read more...
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...

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

Uncertain. Typically patient should have abdominal or back pain for months to years however one can be completely asymtomatic and have sudden pain in abdomen and back due to rupture. Read more...
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...