What specialist treats an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Vascular Surgeons. Vascular surgeons evaluate and treat anuerysms of the thoracic and abdominal aorta.
Depends. Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are watched closely, operated on, or treated with endovascular stent grafting, all while strictly controlling blood pressure. Treatment depends on size of the aaa, age and condition of the patient, and other factors. At minimum it should be followed closely by a doctor. This can be a generalist, cardiologist, or surgeon (often vascular or cardiovascular).

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How can I treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Close monitoring. It should be followed at regular intervals (at least once a year). If it reaches a specified size, enlarges rapidly, or becomes painful, it will need to be treated - either by surgery or by placement of a graft inside the aneurysm percutaneously (without surgery). Read more...
Depends on size. Large aaa's are treated with open surgery or endovascular with a stent graft. Read more...
Depends. The treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm depends on a number of factors. Aneurysms should be followed with ultrasound on a serial basis until they reach 5.5 CM or they exhibit rapid growth within a defined period of time. At that point the decision on how to repair the aneurysm depends on a number of anatomic factors that can be defined by an endovascular surgeon. Read more...

What are different ways to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Surgery observation. Small aneurysms (less tha 5 cm) are typically followed with ultrasound unless there are factors that worry the doc. Surgery may be done with an abdominal incision - to open the aneurysm and replace it with a plastic graft. More recently, endovasculat techniques enable stenting of the ane3urysm and use smaller incisions. Read more...
Open or stent. Depending on the anatomy, shape, size of the aortic aneurysm, size and patency of the inferior mesenteric artery and segmental lumbar arteries, size and quality of the iliac arteries, runoff into legs and pelvis, relationship to the takeoff of the renal arteries, coronary artery disease status, pulmonary function, degree of emphysema, body habitus, morbidly obese?, renal function. Open vs stent. Read more...
Grafting. Surgery through abdominal wall with graft placement. Graft insertion inside vessel called endograft. Read more...

How do you treat abdominal aortic aneurysm 17 year old?

Rare but treatment. will be the same , need surgery regardless of age to prevent lethal rapture of it . Follow your doctor 's advise . Read more...

What can cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Arteriosclerosis. Atherosclerosis induced cystic medial necrosis is the most common cause of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms. Read more...
Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis induced cystic medial necrosis is the most common cause of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Read more...
Weakening. We are not quite sure what actually causes an AAA to form in some people. The leading thought is that the aneurysm may be caused by inflammation in the aorta, which may cause its wall to weaken or break down. Most believe that this inflammation can be associated with atherosclerosis (also called hardening of the arteries) or risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as high blood pressure and smoking. Read more...
Run in families. Although it is not entirely clear as to what causes aneurysms, there is a definite familial predisposition to their development. If a parent or sibling has or have had an aneurysm, it is important to be checked. This can be done simply and easily with an ultrasound. Contact a vascular surgeon and have the test done at an icavl accredited vascular laboratory. Read more...

Why is the abdominal aortic aneurysm more common?

Not sure. We are not sure why this is the case. The most widely accepted theory is that aaas arise from an inflammatory process related to atherosclerosis. The inflammatory process is believed to degrade the elastin in the wall of the aorta, thereby weakening it. We do not produce elastin as adults. Why this process happens most often in the abdominal aorta is not clear. Read more...
Less wall elastin . The aorta, the main artery that delivers blood from the chest to the belly, has a protein known as elastin in its wall. Smoking and COPD affect biochemistry destroying elastin, leading to weakening in the wall causing it to bulge out forming an aneurysm. Why most common in abdomen? Cause elastin layer is thickest in chest thins at renal arteries in abdomen - no surprise they often form there 1st! Read more...

How do I know if I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Imaging. If the aneurysm is asymptomatic, you may never know. If you have symptoms, your doctor will order appropriate testing. Most people aren't very good at feeling their own aorta, or wouldn't know where to look. Ct scan, ultrasound, abdominal xray can all see the aneurysm or evidence that one is there. Read more...

What is the largest abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired?

Variable. People have various experiences. I was involved with repair of a 10cm AAA one time. Read more...
Largest AAA repaired. You shouldn't think about it as, " is it too big to repair?" many anatomic details as well as a person's overall medical condition go into the decision as to if an aneurysm can be repaired. Its overall size is not a main consideration (though if its still small, they can usually be watched without repair). Read more...