What are the most common complications of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs)?

Updated: Apr 02, 2021
  • Author: Elaine Tseng, MD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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The most common complication of AAAs is rupture with life-threatening hemorrhage manifesting as pain and hypotension. The triad of abdominal pain, hypotension, and a pulsatile abdominal mass is diagnostic of a ruptured AAA, and emergency operation is warranted without delay for imaging studies.


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