Symptoms of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

About 75 percent of abdominal aortic aneurysms occur without any symptoms.

Symptoms that do occur may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult your doctor for more information if you experience these symptoms:

  • Pain. May be located in the abdomen, chest, lower back or groin. Pain may be dull or severe. Younger people are more likely to have pain as a symptom than older people.

    By the time it occurs, pain can signal a coming rupture. Acute (sudden and severe) pain in the back and/or abdomen may mean an aneurysm has already ruptured. This is a life-threatening medical emergency.

  • Lack of blood flow to the legs. Sometimes, an aneurysm presses against other blood vessels, slowing blood flow to the legs. This is called limb ischemia.
  • Back pain. The aneurysm may press against nerves in the torso, causing back pain.

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