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Splenic Artery Aneurysms

Splenic Artery Aneurysm (SAA): A Hidden Risk

A splenic artery aneurysm (SAA) is a localized bulge or weakening in the splenic artery, the major blood vessel supplying your spleen. While relatively rare, SAAs have a higher risk of rupture compared to aneurysms in other locations.

Who's At Risk?

The Challenge: SAAs Often Cause No Symptoms

Most SAAs are discovered incidentally by accident during imaging tests for other conditions. If large, they might cause:

Risks of Rupture

Rupture of an SAA is a serious medical emergency, causing internal bleeding.  Signs of rupture include:

Diagnosis and Treatment

Important Notes

Resources

Remember: Early diagnosis and proper management are crucial in preventing serious complications from a splenic artery aneurysm. If you have any risk factors or concerning symptoms, talk to your doctor.