Pediatric Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Pediatric Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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Summary

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

Expanded overview

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.

Causes

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

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of this condition may include:

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

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