Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is sometimes misdiagnosed as Renal Colic

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Renal Colic, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is a weakening in the wall of your body’s main blood vessel that causes it to widen. Symptoms include deep constant pain in your belly, or back pain. As these are incredibly vague symptoms that most people have felt before it is misdiagnosed in up to 30% of cases. The most common diseases it is mistaken for are renal colic (kidney stones), diverticulitis (inflammation of the digestional system) and gastrointestinal haemorrhage (bleeding). If not diagnosed correctly it will continue to weaken until the blood vessel tears. This is a life threatening situation and 90% of people with a rupture will die before they make it to hospital.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Severe sudden belly pain, severe sudden pain in lower back or legs, clammy and sweaty skin, dizziness, fainting, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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