Can a person have pain with an abdominal aortic aneurysm before it actually ruptures?

Pain w/o rupture? At times a contained rupture can allow someone with a lot of pain to put off, temporarily, the big catastrophe. This is an urgent situation at that point which generally requires immediate attention.
Yes. If you have an aneurysm and you have pain you should immediately go to the nearest emergency room. This could be a sign of impending rupture or rupture. This is an emergency.
Possible. There is a condition called a "contained rupture", which means the walls of the aorta have been violated however the leak is contained. This is certainly painful but is not a full blown rupture. Urgent repair is indicated. A ct angiogram helps to identify this.

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How long would it take for an abdominal aortic aneurysm to rupture?

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

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What kind of stomach pain does a person get if he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

None. Having an aneurysm will not necessarily give you any pain. Symptoms may or may not occur even with large aneurysms. On many patients, symptoms occur when expanding or when rupture occurs. Unfortunately about 17, 000 americans die from aneurysm rupture /yr. Sudden flank pain usually on the left, abdominal distention, low back pain, with or without passing out, hypotension, collapse.Must diagnose early. Read more...
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