What is an Abdominal aortic aneurysm?
The word “aneurysm” is borrowed from the Greek “aneurysma” meaning “a widening.” That being said, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is a localized enlargement of the abdominal aorta, usually 50 percent larger than normal.
What are the symptoms?
There usually are no symptoms except when ruptured. Occasionally, abdominal, back, or leg pain may occur. It is sometimes possible with large aneurysms that they can sometimes be felt by pushing on the abdomen. In the event that an abdominal aneurysm ruptures, the result will be pain in the abdomen or back, low blood pressure, or loss of consciousness, and often results in death.
Where would an abdominal aortic aneurysm occur?
An abdominal aortic aneurysm originates anywhere along the aorta, the major artery that runs from you left ventricle all the through to your abdomen. The actual aneurysm develops into a blood-filled bulge that weakens the walls of the aorta as blood flows with normal pressure. Then, due to the cramped space and increased pressure, the aorta will eventually rupture, causing severe pain and massive internal bleeding.
What causes an aortic abdominal aneurysm?
Although the exact reason for is unknown, the following factors can influence their development: pulsating feeling near the navel, deep, constant pain in your abdomen or on the side of your abdomen and also back pain can be felt.
A number of factors play a role including; tobacco use, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and blood vessel diseases or infection in the aorta.
How is an aneurysm diagnosed?
X-rays of the abdomen and other radiologic tests including ultrasound, CT, and MRI may be used in diagnosing and monitoring the aneurysm. It is imperative if you are having any signs or symptoms especially sudden and severe pain, you should be sure to get help immediately.