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Intact abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) generally cause no health problems. However, large AAAs can burst, or rupture, and cause heavy bleeding into the abdomen. A ruptured AAA is a surgical emergency requiring immediate treatment.How serious is an aneurysm in the aorta?
An aortic aneurysm is a very serious, potentially deadly condition, particularly when the diameter of the aneurysm grows to 5.5 centimeters. At this size, it is important to have the aneurysm fixed, as the yearly risk of rupture is high enough to warrant the risk of the surgery. If an aneurysm bursts, it is fatal in most people.