Aneurysms

It is important to diagnose and treat aneurysms as early as possible.

WHAT IS AN ANEURYSM?

An aneurysm occurs as the result of a weakening in the wall of an artery. That weakened part of the artery wall swells from the force of blood pushing through it. Aneurysms are most commonly seen in the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. However, aneurysms can occur in nearly any artery in the body, usually in the area where an artery branches into other vessels.

TYPES OF ANEURYSMS

Aneurysms are named by the location where they are found in the body:

Aortic Thoracic Aneurysm

Located in the chest portion of the aorta

Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm

Found in the abdominal portion of the aorta

Iliac Aneurysm

Weakening in the iliac artery found in the pelvis

Peripheral Aneurysm

Occurs in an artery other than the aorta, often in the femoral artery in the upper leg or popliteal artery on the back of the lower thigh

Mesenteric Artery Aneurysm

Arteries carrying blood to the gastrointestinal tract

Splenic Artery Aneurysm

Located in the artery of the spleen

DON’T IGNORE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF ANEURYSMS

Because aneurysms can rupture without any warning, it is important to diagnose and treat them as early as possible. The vascular surgeons at California Aneurysm Center have special diagnostic equipment to find and evaluate potential aneurysms. Our vascular specialists also offer different treatment options that can be customized to a patient’s specific needs, location of the aneurysm and medical history.

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