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    Aortic Aneurysm - Exams and Tests

    Ongoing testing

    One of the most important goals of testing is to estimate the risk that an aneurysm may burst, or rupture, and to compare the risk of rupture to the risks of surgery. If an aortic aneurysm is detected, tests such as abdominal ultrasound can be used to closely follow any change in the size or other aspect of the aneurysm and help measure the risk for rupture.

    If you had an endovascular repair of an aneurysm, and you have a stent graft, you will need tests every year, such as a CT scan, to check for problems with the graft.5

    Screening tests

    For abdominal aortic aneurysm

    Your doctor may recommend an abdominal ultrasound screening test if you are a man who is:

    • Age 65 to 75 and has ever smoked.1
    • At least 60 years old and who has a first-degree relative (for example, father or brother) who has had an aneurysm.2

    Some doctors think that other groups should be screened too. Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits of screening would outweigh the risks in your case.

    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Should I Get a Screening Test?

    For thoracic aortic aneurysm

    Your doctor may recommend screening tests for a thoracic aortic aneurysm if you have a close relative (parent, brother, or sister) who has had a thoracic aortic aneurysm.3

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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