Aneurysms are formed in weak areas in the walls of blood vessels, and can occur in many different parts of the body.
Aneurysms could develop in your brain, neck, aorta, spleen, kidney, intestines, and other blood vessels.
The most common place that aneurysms form is in our aorta, which is our body’s biggest artery. Its function is to shuttle blood that is rich in oxygen from our heart to the rest of our body. There are two major types of aortic aneurysms: abdominal aortic aneurysms and thoracic aortic aneurysms. The former develops in our abdomen, while the latter occurs in our chest cavity. Other types of aneurysms include cerebral (brain) aneurysms, femoral aneurysms, popliteal artery aneurysms, and common iliac aneurysms.
While aneurysms are sometimes asymptomatic, any signs of the condition will hinge upon where type of aneurysm in question is:
- Brain (cerebral) aneurysms may cause nausea/vomiting, a sudden, severe headache, visual disturbance, and sometimes even a loss of consciousness.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms can lead to persistent pain in the lower back, chest, abdominal, or groin areas.
- Femoral aneurysms could result in the pulsating of the artery found in the groin, sores in the lower legs or feet, or pain in your leg.
- Popliteal artery aneurysms may lead to pulsating of the artery found behind the knee, leg pain, or sores on the lower legs or feet.
- Common iliac aneurysms can cause groin, lower abdominal, or back pain.
It’s important to remember that many of these signs can easily be mistaken for other conditions; you should contact your doctor if you develop any of the above symptoms. The Ezra MRI can, depending on which one you receive, may pick up a number of different types of aneurysms, including in your abdomen, brain, and pelvis. You can read about our different scanning packages by following this link.