Detecting The Presence Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm refers to a degenerative process that affects the wall of abdominal aorta. This leads to permanent dilation (ballooning) and increases the diameter of aorta. More commonly, it affects the infra-renal area. However, sometimes is also affects para-renal or infra-renal areas. This is a serious condition that requires proper surgical intervention. Therefore, early diagnosis of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is essential for early treatment and avoiding associated complications.

The condition can be detected through physical examinations that demonstrate its existence by auscultation of bruits (sound caused by tumultuous flow of blood), palpation of aorta and finding complications and aneurysm sequalae.

If Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is suspected during a physical examination, the diagnosis of the condition must be confirmed through a CAT scan or an Ultrasound. Moreover, ultrasound is extremely useful for diagnosis of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Ultrasonography is also a cost-effective measure for patients suffering from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.

Ultrasonography is a non-invasive and sensitive technique which is regarded as an important preoperative, investigative modality for patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Moreover, the technique facilitates in planning for the treatment of a patient because it is capable of predicting the possibility of an endovascular repair. Besides this, it provides details about its position and extension. The data is significant for making preparations for an aortic aneurysm surgery.

Other important techniques that help in detection and development of abdominal aneurysm include angiography, Magnetic resonance imaging and CT scan. Moreover, echocardiography is utilized for identification of aneurysm at the beginning of aorta. Nevertheless, ultrasound is the most convenient method for diagnosis and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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