A suprarenal aneurysm is bulging and weakness in the aorta located above the kidneys. A suprarenal aneurysm can burst and cause bleeding.
Are You at Risk?
Atherosclerosis may play a role in your development of suprarenal aneurysms. Other risk factors include:
- Male gender
- Age 60 or older
- Family history of aneurysms
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Genetic disorders that affect connective tissue like bones, cartilage, heart and blood vessels (Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Turner's syndrome and polycystic kidney disease)
- Infections of aorta
Symptoms of Suprarenal Aneurysm
Suprarenal aneurysms usually have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they generally include:
- Severe or dull pain in the abdomen, chest, lower back or groin
- Sharp, sudden pain in the back or abdomen
Suprarenal Aneurysm: Diagnosis & Treatment
We can diagnose you through tests that include:
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
You and your healthcare provider will choose a treatment method that suits your needs. Options include:
- Close monitoring: Regular screenings check the size and growth of the aneurysm to determine if treatment is necessary.
- Lifestyle changes: You can help keep the aneurysm from growing if you quit smoking, control your diabetes and high blood pressure and eat a low-fat diet to reduce your cholesterol. You should also avoid heavy lifting.
- Medication: Medication to reduce cholesterol or high blood pressure can help control the growth of aneurysms.
- Surgery: Surgical repair is the optimal option for aneurysms 6 cm or larger.
Content was created using EBSCO’s Health Library. Edits to original content made by Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.