Pediatric Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Pediatric Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the lower part of the aorta (the main artery of the body) becomes enlarged.


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What is a Pediatric Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

The aorta is a large artery that carries blood from the heart throughout the body. When the lower part of it becomes enlarged, this is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. When an aneurysm ruptures (bursts), it can be life-threatening because the aorta carries blood to so many critical areas of the body.

What are the signs and symptoms of a Pediatric Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

  • A pulsating feeling near the belly button
  • Back pain
  • Deep, ongoing pain in the abdomen

What are the causes of a Pediatric Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

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