Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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AAA Evaluation

Evaluation of an abdominal aortic aneurysm begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with an abdominal aortic aneurysm may include:

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Tests that may be used to evaluate an abdominal aortic aneurysm include:

AAA Angiography

Angiography is an imaging technique that may be used to evaluate the aorta. Dye is injected into the aorta, and an x-ray is used to show the flow of dye through the aorta. In someone with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, the dye shows an outline of an enlarged aorta.



Abdominal CT scan provides information on the location and size of the abdominal aortic aneurysm.


AAA Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasound is the most commonly used test to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm.


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Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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