Iliac Aneurysm

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:

Are You at Risk?

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You may be more prone to iliac aneurysms if you:

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
  • Angiography

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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Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

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