Aortic Aneurysm/Dissection treated with
Interventional Radiology

Team of Dr. Charalambous - Nicosia, Cyprus

Aortic Aneurysm/Dissection

The largest vessel in your body is called the aorta. This vessel is responsible for the delivery of blood from your heart to the rest of the body. The condition of aneurysm occurs when the aorta vessel grows abnormally from its original size. The aorta walls consist of layers, and under the influence of certain factors and circumstances, the inner layer of the aorta may peel off or have a tear in it. This condition is termed as dissection.

The Aortic aneurysm/dissection is a condition common in those who have high blood pressure and connective tissue diseases, which affect the strength of blood vessel walls, like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Marfan syndrome.

You will be surprised to know the people who have Aortic dissection or aneurysm do not even feel the symptoms of the condition. In rare cases, when symptoms do appear, the person starts to feel pain between the shoulders, in the back, or the abdomen. There is also another symptom that includes the occurrence of leakage in dissection or aneurysm, which results in internal bleeding, and the person starts to feel dizziness or weakness. The patient may even collapse due to extreme weakness.
There are many ways of diagnosing the condition. If you have a large aneurysm in the abdomen, your doctor may be able to diagnose the disease through physical examination of your body. If there is an Aortic aneurysm is in your chest, X-Ray procedures can be used by the doctors to examine the disease. Ultrasound is also an option for diagnosing the Aortic aneurysms of the abdomen or your chest. To diagnose the aneurysms of any part of the aorta, MRI, and CT Scan can also be used.
The size of the aneurysm or dissection defines the treatment of the disease. The treatment also varies with the symptoms and the rate of symptom variation which the patient is experiencing. The main goal of the treatment is to prevent the affected areas from bursting.
If the affected area has already ruptured, the treatment of that specific area is undertaken. If there are small aneurysms, they can be managed by routine check-ups and no treatment.
However, the repeatedly occurring, bigger Aneurysms will require specific treatments to manage the condition. Your doctor will change the treatment protocol, and there will be a need for introducing objects, like a prosthetic tube to serve as vessel replacement, into your body by creating a small hole inside the aneurysm. Invasive procedures are performed to protect the weak walls of the vessel.
The last option for the treatment of the condition will be to perform an open surgery of the affected area, in which the doctor will stitch in a prosthetic tube to replace the weak aorta.
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