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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

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Every year, more than 15,000 people in the U.S. die when an aneurysm in the chest or abdomen ruptures or separates. An aneurysm is an abnormal widening or bulging in an artery due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. Fewer than 40 percent of patients survive a ruptured abdominal aneurysm. Aneurysms are often overlooked or misdiagnosed because they often occur without symptoms. Our experienced vascular team leads the state of Michigan in performing the most aortic aneurysm repairs, and studies have determined that high-volume aortic surgery centers produce better results. We also have the ability to treat complex aneurysm cases that can be handled by only a few centers in Michigan.

The cause of aortic dissection (when an abdominal aortic aneurysm tears) is unknown. Symptoms are rare, but may include pain or pulsation near the navel. An ultrasound can detect if a widening exists along the aortic artery, and just how big it is. This helps us to assess your risk. If you're male, 65 or over, ask your doctor about a screening.