Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm


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An aneurysm is an enlarged portion of a weak area of an artery. Over time, blood flow and pressure can cause the weak area to bulge like a balloon. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs in the abdominal section of the aorta, the largest artery in the body that carries blood away from the heart.

Aneurysms can burst or rupture, causing serious internal bleeding and, if not treated, death. Other complications of aneurysm are emboli.

The risk for complications increases with the size of the aneurysm. In general, abdominal aortic aneurysms that are slightly larger than 2 inches (about 5.5 cm) in diameter should be considered for treatment. Smaller aneurysms should be monitored carefully for any enlargement.




Dr. Alain Azencott
23 Rue Hoche
06400 Cannes (France)
Tél. : (00 33) 04 93 99 77 77
Fax : (00 33) 04 93 68 37 37


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