Suprarenal Aneurysm

suprarenal aneurysm is bulging and weakness in the aorta located above the kidneys. A suprarenal aneurysm can burst and cause bleeding. 

Are You at Risk?

Atherosclerosis may play a role in your development of suprarenal aneurysms. Other risk factors include:

Symptoms of Suprarenal Aneurysm

Suprarenal aneurysms usually have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they generally include:

  • Severe or dull pain in the abdomen, chest, lower back or groin
  • Sharp, sudden pain in the back or abdomen

Suprarenal Aneurysm: Diagnosis & Treatment

We can diagnose you through tests that include:

  • Ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)

You and your healthcare provider will choose a treatment method that suits your needs. Options include:

  • Close monitoring: Regular screenings check the size and growth of the aneurysm to determine if treatment is necessary.
  • Lifestyle changes: You can help keep the aneurysm from growing if you quit smoking, control your diabetes and high blood pressure and eat a low-fat diet to reduce your cholesterol. You should also avoid heavy lifting.
  • Medication: Medication to reduce cholesterol or high blood pressure can help control the growth of aneurysms.
  • Surgery: Surgical repair is the optimal option for aneurysms 6 cm or larger.

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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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