What is a Peripheral Aneurysm?

A weakening in the wall of a blood vessel in your abdomen or leg. Serious bleeding, compressing nearby tissues and interrupting blood flow can occur if you have a peripheral aneurysm.

What is my risk?

A Peripheral aneurysm is usually genetic, but rare to occur otherwise. Having a peripheral aneurysm increases the risk of developing another one. Smoking is also a major cause.

What are the symptoms?

Typically, there are no symptoms, but abdominal pain, “blue toes,” and a sudden pain, weakness, swelling and numbness in the leg may occur.

How is this disease diagnosed?

This disease is diagnosed by a vascular surgeon with a physical exam, a CT scan may be used.

An angiography may be needed to treat this disease.

Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment here.

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