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Re: aortic aneurism

Re: aortic aneurism

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Posted by Giovanni from Brazil on July 20, 2000 at 12:43:52:

In Reply to: aortic aneurism posted by Amy on July 20, 2000 at 00:04:18:

: My father's cardiologist told him yesterday that he had a palpitable pulse in his abdomen and ordered a sonogram for Friday to rule-out aortic "problems". Now my mother is freaking and thinks he should have been hospitalized because he might have an aneurism. He has had 2 by-pass surgeries and has a new pacemaker. Can you give any ideas of how serious this might really be?

Aortic aneurism is a very serious matter, depending on specific conditions of each patient.
To ascertain the degree of danger your father might be in, assuming that he is really suffering
from an aneurism, several exams will be necessary, and only the assisting doctor can prescribe
them. It is also up to the doctor to decide if the patient should be hospitalized or not, and
evidently your father's doctor does not consider this necessary at this time.
My mother (80 years old) has had an aneurism for over a year, small at he beginning and now
large enough to require an operation. Presently the doctors are deciding what kind of operation
will be performed, as there are two possibilities.One is the traditional "open belly", the other
is a sort of a catheterism by which a tiny "tube" ( I don't know the correct technical terms in
English) is inserted in the place where the aorta is threatening to burst. This is a rather new
medical procedure, which was object of a specific medical congress in Vienna last month.
Here in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this procedure has been performed regularly, with - I am told - a rate
of 90% of success. Of course the specific conditions of each patient, such as age, weight and
general health have to be evaluated.
Best wishes, Giovanni



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