How frequently is a classic presentation of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) seen?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Saum A Rahimi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Misdiagnosis is fairly common because the classic presentation of pain associated with hypotension, tachycardia, and a pulsatile abdominal mass is present in less than 30-50% of cases. The leading misdiagnosis is renal colic; dissection of the renal artery may produce flank pain and hematuria.


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