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Nonruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
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The aorta is a bulging or weak area in your abdominal aorta. Over time, the bulge may grow and is at risk for tearing or rupturing. The aorta is a large blood vessel that extends from your heart to your abdomen. The part of the aorta that extends into your abdomen is called your abdominal aorta. Your abdominal aorta brings blood to your stomach, pelvis, and legs. An AAA that ruptures is a life-threatening emergency.
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- Ultrasound pictures may be taken to screen for AAA or to get more information about an AAA that is found.
- MRI pictures may be used to check the size of an AAA. These tests will also check for any leaks in the AAA. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious damage. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.
- Angiography may be used to take detailed pictures of an AAA and your blood vessels. You may be given contrast liquid to help your abdominal aorta show up better in pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.
- Endovascular repair is a procedure that uses a graft to repair your AAA. The graft stops blood flow to the aneurysm and protects your abdominal aorta. You may need to have more than 1 endovascular repair.
- Open repair is surgery to repair or remove an AAA.
An AAA may leak or rupture. This can cause life-threatening bleeding. A ruptured AAA may also cause increase your risk for gastrointestinal bleeding, blood clots, or damage to other organs.
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