How the Symptoms help in the Diagnosis of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An aortic aneurysm is nothing but the abnormal enlargement of the aorta. Aorta is the largest blood vessel in your body that supplies blood to the different parts of your body. The bulging of this aorta generally leads to aneurysm. An aneurysm occurs when a segment of your vessels becomes weakened and expands abnormally.
The pressure of the blood flowing through the vessels generally creates a bulge at the weaker spot of the aorta. The bulge gradually increases in size and can increase the risk of complications if gets ruptured.
Aortic Aneurysm SymptomsThe aortic aneurysms do not cause any symptoms in the initial stages. Symptoms will become visible only when an aneurysm grows in size or rupture. An aortic aneurysm is found coincidentally in few cases when the patient is undergoing a diagnostic medical test for diagnosis of other diseases. The common symptoms of abdominal aortic aneurysm include the following:
- Deep pain in your back
- A pulsating feeling near your navel
- Severe chest pain is one of the initial symptoms reported during an aortic aneurysm. A tearing or ripping pain in the chest is also observed.
- An unusual sensation or feeling in the upper part of your chest or back
- Steady, gnawing pain in the abdomen that will last for hours or days depending on the size
- Increased sweating
- Fast heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Numbness and weakness is generally observed in the initial stages
- Tingling sensation in arms or leg
- Loss of sensation
- Localized pain
- Stroke in severe cases
Aortic Aneurysm DiagnosisThe common diagnostic procedures used for diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurysm include:
- Ultrasound and Echocardiography
- Computed Tomography Scan
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging