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Aneurysm Center

Comprehensive care for a serious condition

You'll receive expert, comprehensive care for aneurysms from our multidisciplinary team at The University of Kansas Hospital. Our Aneurysm Center provides advanced treatment for aneurysms affecting any part of the body outside the brain. Neurologists and neurosurgeons on our staff treat brain (cerebral) aneurysms.

An aneurysm is a weak spot in the wall of a blood vessel. Pressure from the blood flow can cause the aneurysm to bulge or balloon. Aneurysms that rupture cause internal bleeding that can be fatal.

Aneurysms can occur in any blood vessel in the body, including those in the:

  • Brain
  • Upper body (thoracic aorta)
  • Abdomen (abdominal aorta)
  • Thighs (femoral arteries)
  • Backs of the knees (popliteal arteries)

Most aneurysms occur in the aorta, which is the body's main artery that carries blood from the heart. Each year, about 15,000 people in the United States die from ruptured aortic aneurysms. They are the 10th leading cause of death for men over age 50. 

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of an aneurysm depend on its type, location and whether it has ruptured or is interfering with the body's other organs or functions. Aneurysms can grow for years without symptoms. When present, symptoms may include chronic pain, discomfort or a pulsating sensation in the affected area.