Part I – Describe the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and predisposition(s) of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Part II – Why were an MRI and CTA scan used as diagnostic tests for this patient? How do they differ? What other diagnostic tests/laboratory tests would be indicated if a AAA is suspected?
Part III – Discuss pre-surgical medications and the surgical intervention for AAA. If left untreated what are the risks?
Part IV – What patient education is necessary and what are the implications for family members?
Imaging of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms https://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0415/p1565.html
Family Members of Patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms are at Increased Risk for Aneurysms: Analysis of 618 Probands and their Families from the Liège AAA Family Study
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Hinkle, J.L. (2014). Brunner& Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-surgical Nursing. (13th Edition). Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia.