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Can an abdominal aortic aneurysm be detected on a gall bladder ultrasound test?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

An abdominal ultrasound is an excellent way to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm but the person doing ultrasound has to look at the aorta.
If the sonographer only looks at the gallbladder, they will not see the aortic aneurysm.

In brief: Maybe

An abdominal ultrasound is an excellent way to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm but the person doing ultrasound has to look at the aorta.
If the sonographer only looks at the gallbladder, they will not see the aortic aneurysm.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Kevin Nolan
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Find AAA

Absolutely. The gall bladder isn't the only thing seen during that examination.
The aorta should be identifiable unless the person is very gassy which can interfere with the sound wave providing deeper images.

In brief: Find AAA

Absolutely. The gall bladder isn't the only thing seen during that examination.
The aorta should be identifiable unless the person is very gassy which can interfere with the sound wave providing deeper images.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Dr. Kevin Nolan
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Unless the ultrasound operator does not aim the probe towards the aorta, an abdominal aortic aneurysm will not be seen on a strictly gallbladder ultrasound study.
You need to obtain an abdominal aortic ultrasound study.

In brief: No

Unless the ultrasound operator does not aim the probe towards the aorta, an abdominal aortic aneurysm will not be seen on a strictly gallbladder ultrasound study.
You need to obtain an abdominal aortic ultrasound study.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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