An iliac aneurysm is bulging and weakness in the wall of the iliac artery, a group of arteries located in the pelvis. Iliac aneurysms can burst, which can cause life-threatening, uncontrolled bleeding.
Causes of iliac aneurysms include:
- Trauma from hip or lower-back surgery
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You may be more prone to iliac aneurysms if you:
- Are 60 or older
- Are of male gender
- Have high cholesterol
- Have high blood pressure
- Have genetic disorders
Symptoms of Iliac Aneurysms
If you have an iliac aneurysm, you may have no symptoms. Symptoms may include:
- Back pain
- Lower abdominal pain
- Groin pain
Iliac Aneurysms: Diagnosis & Treatment
We can diagnose you through tests that include:
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
You and your healthcare provider will choose a treatment method that suits your needs. Options include:
- Close monitoring: You may undergo regular screenings to check the size and growth of the aneurysm to determine if treatment is necessary.
- Lifestyle changes: Steps such as quitting smoking, controlling diabetes and eating a low-fat diet to reduce cholesterol may help keep the aneurysm from growing.
- Medication: You may receive medicine to reduce your cholesterol or blood pressure.
- Surgery: UVA uses minimally invasive endovascular techniques (only requiring a small incision in the groin) to repair iliac aneurysms. Your surgeon may use a stent-graft or perform open surgery to repair the aneurysm.
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