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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: AAA

abdominal aortic aneurysm Scheme

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the major vessel that supplies blood to the body (Aorta). The Aorta runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen.  

The Aorta, the largest artery in the body, is a blood vessel that carries oxygenated blood away from the heart. It originates just after the aortic valve connected to the left side of the heart and extends through the entire chest and abdomen.

The portion of the aorta that lies deep inside the abdomen, right in front of the spine, is called the abdominal aorta. An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA, or “Triple A”) occurs when this type of vessel weakening happens in the portion of the aorta that runs through the abdomen.

Since it is the largest blood vessel in the body, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding.

AAA has few noticeable symptoms. Hence, comes in the ultrasound scanning a highly accurate way to measure the size of an aneurysm. 

A physician may also use a Doppler ultrasound SIFULTRAS-5.34 to examine blood flow through the aorta.  Portable ultrasound scanners can quickly and accurately identify an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm when performed by appropriately trained emergency medicine providers.  

Moreover, it is the leading modality in monitoring the AAA throughout a period that usually goes up to 12 months.

abdominal aortic aneurysm Scheme

Source: Ultrasound Assessment of Triple A .

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