Abdominal Aortic AneurysmAnderson, Louise A. MS, RNJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing: July 2001 - Volume 15 - Issue 4 - pp 1-14 Vascular Disease Abstract Author Information Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a chronic dilation of the aorta with a natural history toward enlargement and rupture. Its pathogenesis is believed to be multifactorial and complex. Clinical presentation may be asymptomatic, symptomatic, or as rupture. Elective surgery by open transperitoneal or retroperitoneal approach is the most common repair intervention. However, placing an endoluminal stent graft within the aneurysm is currently being evaluated as an alternative to open repair. Nursing care of the patient with abdominal aortic aneurysm involves intensive care skills as well as a foundation in chronic illness management. This article presents information on pathogenesis, natural history, clinical presentation, surgical interventions, and postoperative complications. Patient Care Resource Manager; Division of Vascular Surgery; The Ohio State University Medical Center; Columbus, Ohio Copyright © 2001 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.