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Can you diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm with a stethoscope w/o x-ray?
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Physical exam can tell if there pulsatile mass in the abdomen but can miss a lot of aneurysms.
Listening with the stethoscope does not help. You need a screening duplex ultrasound. Plain abdominal x-ray is not very helpful unless to much calcium in the aortic wall can suggest an aneurysm.

In brief: No
Physical exam can tell if there pulsatile mass in the abdomen but can miss a lot of aneurysms.
Listening with the stethoscope does not help. You need a screening duplex ultrasound. Plain abdominal x-ray is not very helpful unless to much calcium in the aortic wall can suggest an aneurysm.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Indirectly
The best ways to diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm are by ct scan or ultrasound.
However, in a thin person, one may palpate a pulsatile mass in the upper mid-abdomen or hear with a stethoscope a bruit, which is turbulent flow within a blood vessel.

In brief: Indirectly
The best ways to diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm are by ct scan or ultrasound.
However, in a thin person, one may palpate a pulsatile mass in the upper mid-abdomen or hear with a stethoscope a bruit, which is turbulent flow within a blood vessel.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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