Patient discussion about abdominal aortic aneurysm

!!! The questions and answers on this page are written by patients and are not reviewed by health professionals.

Q. Is there a good screening test for aortic abdominal aneurysm?

A friend of mine was diagnosed with an aortic abdominal aneurysm. I am afraid i might have this condition too. is there any screening test that is good for me?
A1Today there are "mobile" testing centers that charge to use ultrasound technology to detect such things as AAA. I would highly recommend it only because it can act as a preventative measure. I am 50 years old and just suffered a ruptured AAA that very nearly killed me. I was the fortunate one. This very possibly could have detected it before it actually ruptured. You may want to check in your local areas for these mobile testing centers.
A2There is no "good" screening.
The idea of screening is a test that will be good for everyone and will identify the disease.
When I asked my GP about aortic abdominal aneurysm few years ago he said that there is no good screening for the general population. But it was 4 or 5 years ago maybe some things changed.
A3The answer to your question depends on your age your sex and your history of smoking. 3 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with an aortic abdominal aneurysm our GP said that the screening is good only for males age 65-75 that smoke.
Go to your GP and ask him even if you are not in those criteria, maybe the rules have changed.
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.