Case 55

70 yoF with PMH of CHF, HTN, HLD, DM2 presents to the ED with abdominal bloating and discomfort for 3 weeks. Denies N/V/D, fever, chills, urinary symptoms, bloody stool, CP, SOB. Last seen by PMD 5 years ago.

T 98.8 (R), BP 180/100, HR 97, RR 16, O2 99% RA

EXAM: Head atraumatic, PERRLA, ears clear BL, throat midline. Heart RRR no MRG. Lungs CTAB. Abd with mild periumbilical discomfort. Extremities warm, well perfused.

Images obtained by ultrasound are seen below. 


1.     What do you see?
2.     What are the normal dimensions of the aorta?
3.     What are the different views and landmarks needed to identify the aorta by ultrasound?
4.     What are the next steps in the management of this patient?
5.     Where are 95% of abdominal aortic aneurysms located?