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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Risk Factors:
-recent infection
Signs and Symptoms
-back pain, left lower quadrant, flank pain
-LE motor/sensory loss
-awareness of pulse in abdomen
-ruptured aneurysm:
-acute, stabbing pain
-cold, pulseless legs
-drop in BP with sudden tachycardia
-lightheaded, nausea


Constitutional Signs and Symptoms

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Fatigue, malaise
Dizziness, Syncope
Unexplained weight loss


What to screen for ANY PATIENT that walks through the door?

Constitutional signs and symptoms
Positive medical history
-personal or family
-recent infection, recurrent cold/flu
-recent h/o trauma
-h/o immunosuppresion
Vital Signs
Clinical presentation


Clinical Presentations where something "doesn't look right"

-insidious onset with no known cause
-fluctuating symptoms
-unrelieved by rest or change of position
-unable to alter symptoms during exam
-no discernable pattern of symptoms
-bilateral symptoms
-bilateral carpal tunnel
-night pain
-pain constant and intense
-pain that is poorly localized
-colicky pain
-symptoms unrelieved by tx