What Are the Symptoms of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Abdominal aortic aneurysms develop slowly and don’t usually have symptoms. If symptoms are present, they may include:

  • Severe, sudden pain in your abdomen, lower back or scrotum
  • Leg pain or coldness in the leg indicating a blood clot
  • Difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or a persistent cough
  • Pulsating mass in your abdomen, similar to a heartbeat
  • Discoloration of toes (rare)

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