Aortic Aneurysm

  • K S Neelakandhan, MS MCh FAMS Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.
Keywords: Aortic aneurysms, Surgical repair

Abstract

Aortic aneurysm is a lethal disease. Awareness of such a condition should prompt the physician to investigate further in suspected cases. X-rays, Doppler ultrasound, CT angiogram, MR angiogram and digital subtraction angiogram are all useful in making the diagnosis. A multi slice CT angiogram is the best investigation for confirming the diagnosis and planning the intervention. The details we need to know from the CT angiogram are the site of involvement, the extent of involvement, the diameter of the aneurysm, involvement of major branches in the aneurysm and the condition of the rest of the arterial tree.
Unless treated on time most of them die of aneurysm rupture. In young, fit patients, open repair is the choice of intervention. In elderly patient s with co-morbidities endovascular repair is a viable option.

Author Biography

K S Neelakandhan, MS MCh FAMS, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

Former Professor & Head, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Published
2013-09-27
How to Cite
Neelakandhan, K. (2013). Aortic Aneurysm. Kerala Medical Journal, 10(3), 65-70. Retrieved from https://www.keralamedicaljournal.com/index.php/KMJ/article/view/294
Section
Original Research