Diagnosis

How is it diagnosed?

  • A good history and examination is mostly diagnostic
  • Colour Doppler study confirms the diagnosis
  • CT Angiogram tells us about the circulation of the lower leg.
  • Conventional Angiography is needed in centers where CT is not available.
  • MR Angiogram is needed where the patient is in renal failure and cannot be given contrast.

What are the problems of leaving it alone?

These include:

  • Rupture
  • Embolization (Blue toes)
  • Nerve compression (numbness)
  • Vein compression (distal swelling)

Who are the people more prone to peripheral artery aneurysms?

  • Hypertensives
  • Chronic obstructive airway disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Aortic Abdominal aneurysms