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
Weakening in the iliac artery found in the pelvis
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