Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abnormal Aortic Aneurysm

By: Ariel Eason, Jamie Falgout, Jisan Lim

Prognosis: If the aorta ruptures, there is an 80% chance of death. Surgical repair is only successful 50%. Rupture depends on aneurysm size. Similar Conditions: coronary atery disease Who is at risk: Four times more common in male, whites, ages 50-80 years Tests and Diagnosis: abdominal ultrasound, CT scan, MRI. During a routine exam, the doctor may feel a bulge in your abdomen. Although it's unlikely the doctor may be able hear signs of an aneurysm through a stethoscope.

Famous or well known sufferers: Lucille Ball, Albert Einstein, Conway Twitty Support groups: Circulation Foundation and NHS Cancer Screening Programmers History and research: The first historical records are from the 2nd century in Ancient Rome. Greek surgeon Antyllus tried to treat AAA, but was unsuccessful. In 1923, Rudolph Matus performed the first successful aortic ligation on a human. In the late 1980’s, AAA treatments became widely adopted.

Cause: Tobacco use, hardening of the arteries, infection in the aortaPathophysiology: The swelling of the aorta due to blood clot Symptoms: Few to no symptoms. If the aneurysm ruptures,it causes back pain, abdominal pain, weakness, sweating, tachycardia (an abnormally rapid heart rate), hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure) Treatment: treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm are few. They include invasive intervention and drug therapy.


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