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"How big is a 2.9 x 3.0 x 4.0 cm renal aneyrsm?"
ct scan showd i had a renal aneyrsm
I suggest scheduling a visit with a vascular medicine specialist or a vascular surgeon to discuss these findings. A renal aneurysm is a pouch like formation in the renal artery, which is the artery feeding blood to the kidney. Most of the time, renal aneurysms are discovered incidentally when performing an imaging study for another reason. A common scenario would be getting a CT scan for abdominal pain and finding the aneurysm. The aneurysm is very rarely the cause of the presenting pain or other symptom, but it definitely needs to be thought about carefully by your doctors. Most small renal artery aneurysms do not require any treatment at all. However, as the aneurysm gets larger, the chance of it spontaneously rupturing (and causing life threatening bleeding) increases. Also, larger aneurysms may cause high blood pressure and impair the function of the kidney. An aneurysm of greater than 2 cm, as in your case, would be considered large, and would require evaluation by a specialist to see if surgery is needed. Again, I suggest scheduling a visit with a vascular medicine specialist or a vascular surgeon to discuss these findings. Your primary care doctor can help you arrange this appointment if necessary. The specialist will be able to discuss with you whether any surgical treatment is indicated at this time.
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