What is Aortic Aneurysm?
Ballooning in areas where the wall of the aorta, the largest vessel in the body, is weak is called aortic aneurysm. The risk of aortic aneurysm increases with age and is more common in patients with atherosclerosis.
Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms
Aneurysm developing in the aorta may not cause any serious symptoms in the initial period. For this reason, it is very difficult to detect aortic aneurysm in the first stage. In the future, it may cause complaints in patients as the surrounding tissues and organs begin to experience pressure. It may cause leg and back pain, as well as indigestion or complaints about the digestive systems. However, if the aneurysm occurs near the chest area, chest pain, cough, shortness of breath and hoarseness may occur.
Treatment of aortic aneurysm is determined by the size of the aneurysm. While small aneurysms that do not cause symptoms need to be closely monitored, large aneurysms need to be treated surgically. For aneurysms larger than 5.5-6 centimeters, the enlarged vascular area is surgically removed and replaced with a stent.