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Nonruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

An AAA is a bulging or weak area in your abdominal aorta. Over time, the bulge may grow and is at risk for tearing or rupturing (bursting). 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. Treatment may be needed so your aneurysm does not grow and rupture. An AAA rupture is a life-threatening emergency.


What increases my risk for an AAA?

What are the signs and symptoms of an AAA?

An AAA usually does not have signs or symptoms if it has not ruptured. You may have any of the following if the AAA leaks or ruptures:

How is a nonruptured AAA diagnosed?

An AAA may be found when you have a test done for another condition. Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your medical history. Tell the provider if you have any symptoms and when they started. Tell your provider about any medicines you take. You may be given contrast liquid before some of the following tests. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.

How is an AAA treated?

Your AAA may not need treatment. Your healthcare provider may monitor the size of your AAA with tests, such as an ultrasound. If your AAA gets bigger, starts to leak, or ruptures, you may need any of the following:

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Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to manage a nonruptured AAA?

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What do I need to know about screening for an AAA?

Your healthcare provider can give you specific information about your screening. The following is general information:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US), or have someone else call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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