Aneurysms are usually discovered before they produce symptoms. However, they develop very slowly over time, making them difficult to detect.
Symptoms of aortic aneurysm can vary with the location of the aneurysm:
- In thoracic aortic aneurysm, symptoms are apparent in just half of all cases. Patients may experience chest pain or back pain that continues to the jaw, neck or upper back. Warning signs also can include coughing, hoarseness, or difficulty breathing.
- In abdominal aortic aneurysm, a patient may feel ongoing pain in the back, abdomen or groin. Likewise, a physician may notice a pulsating enlargement or tender mass when performing a physical examination.
If you are experiencing the aortic aneurysm symptoms, see your doctor immediately. Detecting aneurysm early will reduce the likelihood of life-threatening rupture.
If you have a family history of aortic aneurysm, or a genetic connective tissue disorder such as Marfan syndrome, you may require preventive ultrasound screenings by your physicians.