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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the signs/symptoms of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

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  • Dr Vikram Puttaswamy

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    Dr Vikram Puttaswamy is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon who specialises in major and complex endovascular and vascular surgical procedures. He trained at Royal North Shore, … View Profile

    Sometimes there are no symptoms as AAA’s usually grow slowly. Many start small and stay small, although they sometimes expand over time.

    However, if the aneurysm does become symptomatic, the signs can include:

    A constant, deep pain in your abdomen or side of your abdomen

    A pulsing sensation near your navel or at the location of the aneurysm

    Back pain

    Chest pain

    The following symptoms could mean that the AAA is expanding quickly and may rupture. You must go directly for emergency department if you experience them.

    Sudden, intense and persistent abdominal or back pain, which can be described as a tearing sensation Pain that radiates to your back or legs






    Low blood pressure

    Fast pulse

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