Aorta: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Diagnosis & Tests Menu

How are aneurysms diagnosed?

There may be no symptoms until the abdominal aortic aneurysm has enlarged significantly, is leaking or has ruptured. In this instance, symptoms that are reported would include abdominal, lower back, groin or chest pain.

A physician may note a pulsating mass under the skin of your abdomen, or hear abnormal blood flow sounds when listening with a stethoscope.

Tests that can confirm diagnosis:

  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Computed tomography scan (CT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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