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Abdominal Aorta

 
 
 
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Overview

It is possible to identify an abdominal aortic aneurysm by clinical examination; the aneurysm may be visible on inspection or become apparent on palpation.
  • How to Assess

  • Place the hands on either side of the midline and identify the outermost margin of the aorta.
  • Interpretation

  • Absent or diminished abdominal aortic pulse - aortic coarctation
  • Pulsatile Abdominal mass - abdominal aortic aneurysm
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