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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

An aneurysm is a focal bulge found in the wall of a blood vessel. While aneurysms can occur in any blood vessel, they are mostly found in the arteries. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta. They are relatively common and potentially life threatening. The frequency of abdominal aortic aneurysms ranges from 0.5% to 3.2% in the US and the likelihood of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm ranges from 3 to 117 cases per 100,000 people each year.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are asymptomatic until they expand or rupture. Some patients may experience a pulsating feeling near the navel. Vascular doctors in Monmouth County recognize that when an abdominal aortic aneurysm expands, it causes sudden, severe and constant pain in the lower back, flank, abdomen or groin. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can result in the loss of large amounts of blood and is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States. More than half of the patients with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm die before they are able to receive medical help. Individuals that experience any of these symptoms are therefore advised to seek immediate medical help.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Monmouth County vascular and vein specialists recognize a number of risk factors for the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms. These include:

  • Advanced age
  • Male gender
  • Smoking
  • Excessive weight and body mass index
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular and vein doctors in Monmouth County explain that the below factors have been associated with abdominal aortic aneurysms.

    • Atherosclerosis: Hardening of the arteries that occurs when fat and other substances build up on the lining of the blood vessels
    • Vasculitis: An inflammation or infection of the aorta weakens the wall of the artery, resulting in an aneurysm.

    An abdominal CAT scan allows your healthcare practitioner to reach a final diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been established, the aneurysm may be corrected using surgical procedures.

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