Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Evaluation
- Abdominal tenderness
- A pulsating mass in the abdomen (in time with the heartbeat)
- Abdominal swelling
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate (over 100 beats per minute at rest)
- The pulses in the groin or legs may be diminished or absent.
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 Aortic 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.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm CT Scan
Abdominal CT scan provides information on the location and size of the abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound
Abdominal ultrasound is the most commonly used test to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
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