Symptoms

How do they present?

One-third of the cases go totally unnoticed as they are asymptomatic.

Symptoms depend on the size and the location:

  • A pulsatile lump that you can feel
  • There may be a pain in the limb with cramps on exercise – claudication
  • The pain persists during rest and there may be blueness of toes.
  • There may be painful sores or ulcers involving the toes or fingers.
  • Radiating pain or numbness in arm caused by nerve compression
  • Gangrene due to blockage of the vessel needing urgent attention.
  • In carotids aneurysms, TIA or stroke can take place
  • In case of bowel arteries, involvement abdominal pain occurs
  • Most symptoms are due to blockage of the aneurysm

What are the types of aneurysms?

They could be true or false. The former is due to a weakness of the arterial wall while the latter is due to injury.