Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An aneurysm is a weak spot in an artery similar to a bubble or blister on an old tire. Aneurysms are important because if they reach a certain size they can rupture, which is a catastrophic event with a high probability of death. Aneurysms are most commonly found in the abdominal aorta but can occur in any artery in the body. If aneurysms are diagnosed early they can be treated surgically with an excellent prognosis.