Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - What is it?

Aorta is the great artery arising from the left ventricle, being the main trunk from which the systemic arterial system proceeds. It has four divisions: the ascending aorta, the aortic arch, the thoracic aorta, and the abdominal aorta.


Aneurysm is a sac formed by the localized dilatation of the wall of an artery, a vein, or the heart. The most common site for an arterial aneurysm is the abdominal aorta, which is named Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.

The aorta is the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body, because of this, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding.

Once an abdominal aortic aneurysm is found, doctors will closely monitor it. Surgery is planned when necessary depending on the size of aneurysm and the rate of growing. Treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery, emergency surgery for a Depending on the size and the rate at which your abdominal aortic aneurysm is growing, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to emergency surgery.

Emergency surgery for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can be risky.

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