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Can my doctor feel an abdominal aneurysm by examining me?

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Dr. Andris Kazmers
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Aneurysm

Abdominal exam may be used to diagnose aortic aneurysm, but such exams are not completely reliable and may miss aneurysms that are there and suggest that an aneurysm is present when one is not.
Ultrasound is a better screening tool for aortic aneurysm than palpation which is even less useful in those with larger waist size, the latter being a common finding.

In brief: Aneurysm

Abdominal exam may be used to diagnose aortic aneurysm, but such exams are not completely reliable and may miss aneurysms that are there and suggest that an aneurysm is present when one is not.
Ultrasound is a better screening tool for aortic aneurysm than palpation which is even less useful in those with larger waist size, the latter being a common finding.
Dr. Andris Kazmers
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Dr. Ajay Acharya
depends on the size of the aneurism. In thin person it can be seen as pulsation and felt also
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In brief: Maybe

This depends on many different factors, including the size of the aneurysm and/or the size of your abdomen! sometimes, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is detected by listening to the abdomen using a stethoscope.
The physician will listent for an area of turbulent flow, often marked by a bruit ("whooshing" sound), and then order further tests.

In brief: Maybe

This depends on many different factors, including the size of the aneurysm and/or the size of your abdomen! sometimes, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is detected by listening to the abdomen using a stethoscope.
The physician will listent for an area of turbulent flow, often marked by a bruit ("whooshing" sound), and then order further tests.
Dr. David Orringer
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Dr. Michael Schwartz
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Occasionally

If you are thin and you have an aneurysm it can be detected.
However, most aneurysms are detected by radiological means (ultrasound/CT scan etc). Less than 50% are easily felt on physical exam unfortunately

In brief: Occasionally

If you are thin and you have an aneurysm it can be detected.
However, most aneurysms are detected by radiological means (ultrasound/CT scan etc). Less than 50% are easily felt on physical exam unfortunately
Dr. Michael Schwartz
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Maybe

If you are thin your doctor may be able to feel the sides of the aorta as it pulsates and get an idea of if it is enlarged.
If they suspect it is enlarged however, an imaging study (ultrasound, ct scan, or mri) is needed to confirm.

In brief: Maybe

If you are thin your doctor may be able to feel the sides of the aorta as it pulsates and get an idea of if it is enlarged.
If they suspect it is enlarged however, an imaging study (ultrasound, ct scan, or mri) is needed to confirm.
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