In most cases, abdominal aortic aneurysms don't cause symptoms.
An aneurysm may be found by an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI that was done for other
reasons. Since an AAA may not have symptoms, it's called the silent killer. It may
rupture before being diagnosed.
Pain is the most common symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
The pain linked to an AAA may be found in the abdomen, chest, lower back, or groin
area. The pain may be severe or dull. Sudden, severe pain in the back or abdomen may
mean the aneurysm is about to burst. This is a life-threatening medical
An AAA may also cause a pulsing feeling, like a heartbeat, in the
The symptoms of an AAA may look like other health conditions or
problems. Always get medical care right away if you think you have an AAA.