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POCUS AAA/Aorta Exam


Clinical point-of-care questions:

1. Is the aorta >3 cm in diameter?

2. Are the iliac arteries >1.5 cm in diameter?


Teaching objectives:

1. Identify aorta in transverse and longitudinal (left side of spine, pulsatile, thick wall).

2. Measure aorta from outer to outer wall (don't want to miss a mural thrombus!, measure both width and A-P diameter).

3. Identify iliac artery bifurcation and measure diameter of iliac arteries (most AAAs are infrarenal)


Clinical case:

65 year old undocumented male without insurance who has extensive smoking history who cannot afford AAA screening. What can you do for him in clinic?


with history of smoking 1 pack per day for 40 years who presents with acute onset abdominal pain.



Aorta exam comprehensive module: http://uscm.med.sc.edu/mods/7C/player.html (19 minutes)

Aorta exam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=127&v=NI-tU5w-gzg (2 minutes)

AAA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=105&v=WKnFD6KeO4c (9 minutes)



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