Most patients diagnosed with AAA have no symptoms. However, for those patients that do have symptoms, the most common one is pain in the abdomen, back, or chest. The pain may range from mild to severe. In some patients, the pain in their abdomen spreads to their back. Others feel the aneurysm as a throbbing mass in their abdomen.
The AAA is often found during an examination for an unrelated health condition. During the examination, the patient may feel tenderness, back pain, abdomen pain, or pain in their legs. Your doctor may feel a bulge or throbbing in your abdomen.
If you have been diagnosed with a AAA and you develop back pain, abdomen pain, muscle pain, weakness in the legs, or dizziness, call your doctor immediately, or go to the closest emergency room.
In the early stages, when the AAA is small in size, it may not be an immediate health risk to you. However, your doctor will want to check your condition on a regular basis to see if your AAA is growing.
In later stages, if the AAA continues to grow, it needs to be treated in order to prevent it from bursting and causing serious internal bleeding. The risk of an aneurysm bursting increases as the aneurysm grows in size, and with high blood pressure. Aneurysms that burst are very serious and may be fatal.
AAA Diagnosis and Screening