Could I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

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Could I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

 

*_Do abdominal aortic aneurysms give rise to any signs?_*

*_How are abdominal aortic aneurysms diagnosed (found)?_*

*_Who usually develops an abdominal aortic aneurysm?_*

*_What is screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms?_*

*_Which abdominal aortic aneurysms require treatment?_*

*_What is the watchful wait?_*

*_Can I do anything during the watchful wait?_*

 

 

-Do abdominal aortic aneurysms give rise to any signs?

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Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are usually asymptomatic. This means that
they do not cause any pain or affect your day to day activities. You
therefore do not know that you have one until it is too late, that is when
it bursts. In those few patients in whom AAA cause symptoms, these could
include:

 

1. a feeling that something is pulsating (like a heart-beat) in your tummy

2. pain in your tummy or back

3. Pain, discoloration, or sores on the toes or feet. This is a rare
symptom that results from blood clots within the AAA being shed into the
blood. These clots then block small vessels in the feet.

 

If you have any of these symptoms you should contact your general
practitioner who will arrange further investigations.

-How are abdominal aortic aneurysms diagnosed (found)?

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Most AAA are found as an incidental finding. This means that during the
course of investigating someone for problems which are neither suspicious
of nor related to a AAA, a AAA is found unexpectedly. When this happens the
patient should


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