Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Abdominal Aneurysm 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:

Abdominal Aneurysm 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.

Examples:

Abdominal Aneurysm CT Scan

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

Examples:

Abdominal Aneurysm Ultrasound

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

Examples:

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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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