What is the significance of elevated abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) wall tension?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Saum A Rahimi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Elevated AAA wall tension is a significant predictor of impending rupture (see Etiology). Accordingly, the clinician may wish to achieve acute blood pressure control in patients with AAA and elevated blood pressure; agents commonly used include antihypertensive agents and analgesics. Fillinger et al reported that stress analysis, using three-dimensional (3D) computer models of AAAs reconstructed from CT data, offers a practical and feasible method for evaluating AAA rupture risk. [23]


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