Last reviewed: November 2017
Last updated: November  2017

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • palpable pulsatile abdominal mass

Other diagnostic factors

  • abdominal, back, or groin pain
  • hypotension

Risk factors

  • cigarette smoking
  • hereditary/family history
  • increased age
  • male gender (prevalence)
  • female gender (rupture)
  • congenital/connective tissue disorders
  • hyperlipidemia
  • COPD
  • atherosclerosis (i.e., CAD, peripheral arterial occlusive disease)
  • HTN
  • increased height
  • central obesity
  • nondiabetic

Diagnostic investigations

Investigations to consider

  • ESR/CRP
  • CBC
  • blood cultures
  • CT
  • MRI/MRA
  • aortography
Full details

Treatment algorithm

Contributors

Authors VIEW ALL

Maureen K. Sheehan

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

University of Texas Health Science Center

San Antonio

TX

Disclosures

MKS declares that she has no competing interests.

Dr Maureen K. Sheehan would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Dawn M. Barnes and Dr Gilbert R. Upchurch, the previous contributors to this monograph.

Peer reviewers VIEW ALL

Professor of Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery Group

Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Leicester Royal Infirmary

UK

Disclosures

RN declares that he has no competing interests.

Chief of Division of Vascular Surgery

Department of Surgery

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago

IL

Disclosures

WP declares that he has no competing interests.

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