A leg aneurysm (say "ANN-yuh-riz-um") is a bulge in a blood vessel (artery) in your leg. The bulge occurs in a weak spot in the artery. It can happen in one or both legs.
Blood clots can form in this type of aneurysm and can block blood flow in your leg.
Many leg aneurysms cause no symptoms. You may have symptoms if a blood clot forms in the aneurysm.
Symptoms of a blood clot may include:
An aneurysm may be found during tests for another, usually unrelated, condition.
A small aneurysm may not need surgery. But your doctor will watch it closely.
You may have regular tests to find out the size of the aneurysm. Tests can include ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MRI.
Aneurysms may need treatment if they are large or fast-growing or if they cause symptoms.
Having an aneurysm means you may also have other blood vessel problems.
There are many things you can do to improve your blood vessel health. Doing these things may also prevent more damage to your blood vessels. Your doctor may suggest that you:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery
Current as ofMarch 20, 2017
Current as of:
March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery
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Last modified on: 8 September 2017