An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulging of the aorta in the abdomen. It thus exceeds its maximum diameter of 3 cm. The abdominal aortic aneurysm is the most common aneurysm, with about 40 to 50 new cases per 100,000 people per year (more than 60% of all aneurysms).
Risk factors for this are:
- male sex (6x more frequently than women)
- Age > 65Years
- high blood pressure
- Arteriosclerosis in other vessels
Symptoms include back or abdominal pain, a pulsating feeling in the abdomen or a feeling of fullness after small meals. Often, however, the abdominal aortic aneurysm does not show any symptoms. It can be diagnosed by ultrasound, CT or MRT. Bleeding shock and even death can occur when an aneurysm bursts. With increasing size, the risk of this also increases.
From a diameter of more than 5.5 cm, occasionally even from 5 cm, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is treated open surgically or catheter-supported with a stent. This therapy is also used for particularly rapid growth (more than 10 mm per year).
Screening from the age of 65 is very important!
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