The rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm raaa is a hallmark emergency medicine presentation with which all practitioners must be intimately familiar overall mortality of this condition approaches 90 but survival with treatment is approximately 40 50. Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta is a relatively common disease in patients over 50 years of age 1 3 rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm aaa has a high mortality and causes as many as 30000 deaths per year in the united states which is more than aids or prostate cancer 4 it is one of the least known killers in american society 4 . Read book online http greatpdftop bookb00d7ce1u8 download abdominal aortic aneurysm chapter 66 of emergency medicine ebook. Abdominal aortic aneurysm aaa or triple a is a localized enlargement of the abdominal aorta such that the diameter is greater than 3 cm or more than 50 larger than normal diameter they usually cause no symptoms except when ruptured occasionally abdominal back or leg pain may occur large aneurysms can sometimes be felt by pushing on the abdomen . An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the aorta the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body the aorta about the thickness of a garden hose runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen because the aorta is the bodys main supplier
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