Aneurysms

  • Aneurysm visible in abdomen

An aneurysm is an abnormal swelling of a blood vessel.

What is Aneurysms?

Aneurysms cause problems either by bursting causing major bleeding, or by blocking, starving the organs downstream of their blood supply.

 

 

Aneurysms also occur in the brain, and may cause brain haemorrhages and strokes. These aneurysms are not related to peripheral aneurysms, and are usually treated by neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists.

What part of the body does it affect?

The two commonest sites for aneurysms are the infrarenal aorta (at the back of the abdomen just below the kidneys) and the popliteal artery which is behind the knee.  Aneurysms can however occur in almost any artery in the body. Aneurysms also occur in the brain, and may cause brain haemorrhages and strokes. These aneurysms  are usually treated by neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists.

 

We discuss the most common forms, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Thoracic Aneurysms, in more detail on their own pages on this site. 

What are the symptoms?

You generally won't know you've got an aneurysm until it blocks or bursts, giving sudden pain typically in the torso or back. 

What are the treatment options?

Is the condition preventable? If so, how?

As with so many vascular problems, the main ways to avoid them are linked to lifestyle, including maintaining a health diet, exercising regularly and cutting out smoking. 

 

What should I do next?

To find out how aneurysms are treated, use the menu above. You can also contact the London Vascular Clinic for more information. 

 

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