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What causes abdominal aortic aneurysm?

I am a male 69 yrs 270 lbs 6'2" with COPD and a recent discovered abdominal aortic aneurysm 3.4. I am now being treated with Avelox for mild pneumonia which seems to be helping. Also am taking cough syrup w/codeine for cough. My question is: I was planning on flying to LA June 6, 2011, and would like to know if I should or not? That would be about a month or so provided my pneumonia is gone. Thanks!
Mon, 4 May 2015
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Hi, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms(AAA) is a degenerative disease of the Aorta and other arteries. But we usually do not advice any intervention until it reaches a size of 5.5cm in the transverse axis on a CT Scan or Angiography and usually advice patients to be on continous follow up with six monthly Ultrasounds of the abdomen until and if it reaches a size of 5cm. So I would not worry about a 3.4cm AAA for air travel. More worrisome would be the pneumonia. Take care and feel free to ask more details about AAA by leaving a Specialist or a Direct query.
Dr Rishi, New Delhi, India.
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