Another name for AAA is Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.
What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a swollen and weakened area in the wall of the aorta. Over time, the wall can become so weak that it ruptures or bursts. The aorta is the largest artery in the body. The aorta begins at the heart, travels through the abdomen, and then divides into two large arteries that supply the pelvis and lower extremities.
What are the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm?
The most common symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm are severe abdominal pain, back pain, excessive sweating, nausea, and severe weakness.
How does the doctor treat an abdominal aortic aneurysm?
The treatment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm depends on the size and location of the aneurysm. Large, expanding, or leaking abdominal aortic aneurysms are treated with surgery.
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