What is a stomach aneurysm?
A stomach aneurysm is a blood filled, balloon-like bulge that is located on the wall of a weakened blood vessel. It will be located on the abdominal portion of the aorta. The aorta is the largest artery in the human body. It runs from the heart, through the chest and diaphragm and ends in the abdomen. It then breaks off into two smaller arteries called the iliac arteries. The aorta is responsible for the largest amount of blood distribution in the body. When the aneurysm grows, it puts pressure on the artery and blood vessels and causes them to become weaker.
What are the stomach aneurysm symptoms?
The stomach aneurysm symptoms vary depending on whether or not they have ruptured.
What are the unruptured stomach aneurysm symptoms?
An unruptured stomach aneurysm will show only few symptoms. In fact, some show no symptoms at all. When there are symptoms present they are sometimes hard to detect. One common symptoms of an unruptured stomach aneurysm is back pain. You may also experience a pulsing sensation in the abdomen. This will feel similar to a heartbeat. It is caused by the blood flowing into the aneurysm.
What are the ruptured stomach aneurysm symptoms?
Sudden severe pain in the abdomen that radiates throughout the back and legs is the most common stomach aneurysm symptom. It will be excruciating pain that will not subside. Nausea and vomiting are also common symptoms. You may also experience chest pain, palpitations, low blood pressure or in severe cases, shock.
How do you treat a ruptured stomach aneurysm?
There are two different surgeries that can treat a ruptured stomach aneurysm. The first one is surgical clipping. A small metal clip is attached to the aneurysm to stop the blood flow into it. This will also relieve any pressure. The other surgery is called endovascular coiling. A tube is inserted through the artery and attached to the aneurysm. Next, a wire is sent through the tube and pushed into the aneurysm. The wire will coil inside the aneurysm stopping the blood flow and causing the existing blood to clot. The clotting will seal the aneurysm. Both are highly effective forms of treatment for an aneurysm.
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