March 9, 2009

AAA as defined...

As I have mentioned below the Father-in-law of my Tita was diagnosed having an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. I always hear the word aneurysm but never had the chance to know what kind of diseases was all about. Last Saturday I searched through the net and I was able to explain to them what AAA is all about.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm, also written as AAA and often pronounced 'triple-A', is a localized dilatation of the abdominal aorta, that exceeds the normal diameter by more than 50%. The normal diameter of the infrarenal aorta is 2 cm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs most commonly in older individuals (between 65 and 75), and more in men and smokers. The majority of abdominal aortic aneurysms do not cause symptoms. Symptomatic and large aneurysms (>5.5 cm in diameter) are considered for repair.

Just imagine his father’s aorta widens for almost 7 cm well in fact the normal diameter is only 2 cm. He was then considered as a walking time-bomb since it will rupture anytime. Its abdominal aortic aneurysm weakens the walls of the blood vessel, leaving it vulnerable to bursting open, or rupturing, and spilling large amounts of blood into the abdominal cavity, leading to only minutes of life remaining. We hope and pray that God will do miracles in their family because I believe nothing is too difficult for Him- He is the God who heals!

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