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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)


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An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlargement of the aorta that forms in the abdomen as a result of a breakdown in the strength of the aortic wall causing a ballooning of the aorta. While all the causes are not well understood, hypertension, high blood pressure, smoking, and family history play a role in aortic disease and may result in aneurysms, dissection or rupture of the aorta.


Signs and Symptoms

Many patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms do not experience any symptoms. 

As the aneurysm grows, it can cause several symptoms, including:

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Severe back pain

  • Pulsing sensation in the abdomen


  • Physical exam can reveal decreased circulation to lower extremities 

  • Abdominal Ultrasound

  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

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