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Will stress cause dilated vasculature?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At September 28, 2017
Reviewed AtDecember 11, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been diagnosed with dilated vasculature including the abdominal aorta, inferior vena cava and iliac veins (described as aneurysmal in size, 34 mm on right, 21 mm on left). What could cause this? Could stress cause that?


I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries.

I understand your concern.

An aortic aneurysm may result from trauma, infection or most commonly from an intrinsic abnormality of elastin and collagen component of the aortic wall. Genetic abnormalities like Marfan syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are associated with aortic syndrome. Risk factors are coronary artery disease, smoking, high BP (blood pressure), and high cholesterol, hyperhomocysteinemia, and others.

I hope this has helped you. Please feel free to reach me again, in case of further queries.

Thank you.

The Probable causes

The probable causes are genetic, hypertension, high cholesterol, homocysteine, and others.

Investigations to be done

The following investigations should be conducted: ultrasound, CT (computed tomography) scan of the abdomen, angiography, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Treatment plan

Treatment plan include surgery.

Preventive measures

Preventive measure is proper control of risk factors.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay
Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay


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