Aortic Aneurysm Diagnosis

The great majority of patients with aneurysms are asymptomatic and the aneurysms are found fortuitly during routine complementary exams, such as echography, radiography, or tomography. An experienced physician can palpate a medium- or small-sized aneurysm, but the physical exam is not very sensitive. Sometimes, a murmur can be auscultated in the thorax or abdomen, so indicating a turbulent blood flow in the aneurysm.

Once an aneurysm is suspected, complementary imaging exams must be requested. Abdominal echography, echocardiography, magnetic resonance, or computerized tomography can be requested to examine the aorta in detail.

Figure 1. Angitomography