10 Facts About Aortic aneurysm


An aortic aneurysm is an enlargement of the aorta to greater than 1.

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In patients presenting with aneurysm of the arch of the aorta, a common sign is a hoarse voice from stretching of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve, a branch of the vagus nerve that winds around the aortic arch to supply the muscles of the larynx.

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Once an Aortic aneurysm has ruptured, it presents with classic symptoms of abdominal pain which is severe, constant, and radiating to the back.

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Diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be confirmed at the bedside by the use of ultrasound.

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Aortic aneurysm rupture is a surgical emergency and has a high mortality even with prompt treatment.

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Weekend admission for a ruptured aortic aneurysm is associated with increased mortality compared with admission on a weekday, and this is likely due to several factors including a delay in prompt surgical intervention.

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An aortic aneurysm can occur as a result of trauma, infection, or, most commonly, from an intrinsic abnormality in the elastin and collagen components of the aortic wall.

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Decisions about repairing an aortic aneurysm are based on the balance between the risk of aneurysm rupture without treatment versus the risks of the treatment itself.

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The chance of the small Aortic aneurysm rupturing is overshadowed by the risk of cardiac complications from the procedure to repair the Aortic aneurysm.

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Large, rapidly expanding, or symptomatic Aortic aneurysm should be repaired, as it has a greater chance of rupture.

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