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Aor,c Aneurysm

Dr. Akhmadu, SpB(K)V, PhD

1. Divisi Vascular dan Endovascular, Departemen Ilmu Bedah
Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Indonesia,
RSUPN Ciptomangunkusumo, Jakarta
2. Bedah Vaskuler dan Endovaskuler, RSU Hermina, Bekasi

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An aneurysm is a permanent and irreversible dilata&on of a blood vessel by at
least 50% of the normal expected diameter.

An aneurysm is caused by degrada&on of the elas&c lamellae, a leukocy&c

inltrate, enhanced proteolysis and smooth muscle cell loss.

The 'normal' diameter of the abdominal aorta is approximately 2 cm; it increases
with age.

An abdominal aneurysm is usually dened as an aor&c diameter of 3 cm or


Large and life-threatening AAAs are preceded by a long period of subclinical

growth in the diameter of the aneurysm (about 1-6 mm/year on average).

The larger the AAA, the higher its growth rate and greater the risk of rupture. The
risk of rupture is also greater for women.
Pathophysiology of a AAA
Pathological changes cause the
aorta wall to:
Become thinner
Pathophysiology of a AAA aneurysm growth

AAA growth:
Expansion tends to be highly
AAA growth accelerates with
the diameter of the AAA
Aneurysm growth is inuenced
by risk factors
What are the sta&s&cs on AAA in Asia?

Only 17,000 in Asia are es&mated to be diagnosed

with AAA each year.

Over 22,000 pa&ents have aor&c repairs each


Up to 50% of pa&ents with untreated aneurysms

>5.5 cm will die of rupture in a 5-year period.

Risk Factors
Atherosclero&c disease : stroke, coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease

Family history - there are probably strong gene&c factors.

Tobacco smoking is an important factor.

Male sex.

Increasing age.


Chronic obstruc&ve pulmonary disease.

Unruptured AAA
AAA may be an incidental nding on clinical examina&on, or on
scans - ultrasound, CT or MRI. It may some&mes be visible on a
plain X-ray lm.

Possible symptoms and signs are:

Pain in the back, abdomen, loin or groin:
This may be due to pressure on nearby structures. Back pain may be due to
erosion of the vertebral bodies.
NB: severe lumbar pain of recent onset may indicate impending rupture.
The pa&ent or doctor may nd a pulsa&le abdominal swelling
Distal embolisa&on may produce features of limb ischaemia.
Ureterohydronephrosis can also occur with AAA.
Ruptured AAA
NB: the diagnosis may not be obvious.

The opera&ve mortality of trea&ng a ruptured aneurysm is 30-70%.

Ruptured AAA should be considered in any pa&ent with hypotension and

atypical abdominal symptoms.
Similarly, abdominal pain in a pa&ent with a known aneurysm or pulsa&le
mass must be considered as a possible ruptured or rapidly expanding
aneurysm and treated accordingly.

Ruptured AAA may present with:

Pain in the abdomen, back or loin - the pain may be sudden and severe.
Syncope, shock or collapse
Ruptured AAAs are fatal in 82% of cases
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Mortality is high due to

rapid circulatory collapse.

Less than 50% of emergency

cases arrive at the hospital
alive; out of those,
only 50%
conven&onal Ruptured AAA

AAA repair.

Sensi&vity is reduced with increasing waist size.

There may be an abdominal bruit.

Clinical signs vary according to the whether the aneurysm

compresses other structures or ruptures - and, if ruptured,
the site and extent of bleeding.

Retroperitoneal haemorrhage may cause Grey Turner's

sign, ie ank bruising.
Ultrasound is simple and cheap
It is an extremely sensi&ve test.
It is painless and
It is cost-eec&ve.

CT provides more anatomical details - eg, it can show the

visceral arteries, mural thrombus, the 'crescent sign' (blood
within the thrombus, which may predict imminent rupture)
and para-aor&c inamma&on.
Surgical (open) repair:
This is the tradi&onal opera&on. It involves exposure of the
abdominal aorta, aor&c and iliac clamping and replacement of
the aneurysmal segment with a prosthe&c graf.

Endovascular repair of AAA:

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) involves introducing a
stent-graf system through the femoral arteries, which relines
the aneurysm, diverts blood ow through the endograf and
allows the aneurysm to thrombose.

Currently, about 65% of pa&ents with AAA are suitable for

endovascular repair.
2 Treatment Op&ons

Open Surgery Endovascular

Minimally invasive
Reduced risk of death
Faster recovery
Improved func&onal outcomes
Natural history
The risk of rupture is mainly determined by aneurysm diameter.
The natural history of small AAA is gradual expansion at an annual rate of approximately 10%
of the ini&al arterial diameter.
People with aor&c aneurysms are at increased risk of cardiovascular events, mostly unrelated
to the aneurysm.

Elec,ve repair
Overall mortality in the UK is 2.4% for elec&ve AAA repair. There is an inverse rela&onship
between opera&ve mortality and the number of cases performed in individual hospitals, with
many specialist centres repor&ng mortality rates well below 52%.

The mortality rate of aneurysm repair depends on the pa&ent's tness for surgery and the
morphology of the aneurysm.

Pa&ents with severe cardiorespiratory or renal disease may have high peri-opera&ve
mortality rates, and for them the threshold for elec&ve repair may be set at a larger
aneurysm diameter.
Without surgery
The annual survival rate is only 20% for aneurysms
larger than 5 cm.

Ruptured AAA
Risk of rupture increases with aneurysm size and
aneurysms over 6 cm have a 25% annual risk of
The outcome is poor, with approximately 80% overall
mortality from ruptured AAA.
Most pa&ents die before reaching hospital. Surgical
repair of ruptured AAA has a mortality of around 50%.
Why is early diagnosis of AAA so important?

For elec&ve AAA cases,

the opera&ve mortality
The opera&ve mortality rate is dras&cally
of trea&ng a ruptured
reduced, approximately
aneurysm is 30-70%.
only 2-7% of cases
result in death.

AAA ruptures can be avoided by

iden,fying the popula,on at risk
and conduc,ng simple,
inexpensive ultrasound

Pa&ent Screening
High Risk Pa,ents

Risk Factors People over age 60
Male gender, 5 &mes > females
Family history of AAA
History of or currently smoking
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Prior CABG

Screening Physical examina,on

NOTE: May miss up to 80% of AAA if the diagnosis is limited to physical


Screening by ultrasound is feasible to allow
early diagnosis. The idea is to oer a single
scan to men aged 65.
If nega&ve, this eec&vely rules out AAA for life.
Mr M, 70 y.o Aorta aneurysm, EVAR
Mr H, 60 y.o, internal iliac aneurysm, covered stent
Mr H, 60 y.o Aor&c aneurysm, right iliac
aneurysm, EVAR
Mr J, 76 y.o Aor&c aneurysm, EVAR
Mr M, 72 y.o Right Common Mr M, 73 y.o Abdominal
Iliac Aneurysm Aortic Aneurysm with frog
leg common iliac
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