Aortic Aneurysm - Symptoms
Most people with
aortic aneurysms, especially ones in the chest area
(thoracic aortic aneurysms ), do not have symptoms. But symptoms may begin to occur
if the aneurysm gets bigger and puts pressure on surrounding organs.
If an aortic aneurysm bursts, or ruptures, there is sudden,
severe pain, an extreme drop in blood pressure, and signs of
shock. Without immediate medical treatment, death
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
common symptoms of
abdominal aortic aneurysm include general abdominal
(belly) pain or discomfort, which may come and go or be constant. Other
- Pain in the chest, abdomen, lower back, or
flank (over the kidneys), possibly spreading to the groin, buttocks, or legs.
The pain may be deep, aching, gnawing, and/or throbbing, and may last for hours
or days. It is generally not affected by movement, although certain positions
may be more comfortable than others.
- A pulsating sensation in the
- A "cold foot" or a black or blue painful toe, which can happen
if an abdominal aortic aneurysm produces a blood clot that breaks off and
blocks blood flow to the legs or feet.
- Fever or weight loss, if it
inflammatory aortic aneurysm.
Thoracic aortic aneurysm
Symptoms of a thoracic aortic aneurysm are most
evident when the aneurysm occurs where the aorta curves down (aortic arch ). They may include:
- Chest pain, generally described as deep and
aching or throbbing. This is the most frequent symptom.
- A cough or shortness of breath if the aneurysm is in the area
of the lungs.
- Difficulty or pain while
The symptoms of aortic aneurysm are similar to the
symptoms of other problems that cause chest or belly pain such as
coronary artery disease, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), and
peptic ulcer disease.