Adult man, 51-years-old, obesity, smoker, recent MI. intermittent and continuous
abdominal pain - radiating to the back, iliac fossae and groins.
An aneurysm is a dilatation
of the wall of an artery or heart - caused by myocardial infarction (MI).
Aneurysms of the large arteries are usually due to arteriosclerosis but they
can be the result of syphilitic mesoaortitis, infections, cystic media degeneration,
Marfan`s syndrome or trauma. A infrarenal (common site) abdominal
aortic aneurysm (2,3)is
a localized enlargement ot the abominal aorta, distal to the renal arteries.
The patients complain about pain in the abdomen, back, groin (because of prolonged
pressure on lumbal arteries and the large radicular artery) and feel a strong
pulse in the abdomen. Main risk of an aneurysm is rupture.
Infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm
Grunewald et al.
Urban & Fischer Verlag 2000 -
mit freundlicher Genehmigung)