Celiac Aortic Aneurysm

Posted by khanni @khanni, Dec 10, 2021

Extremely rare type of aneurysm. Apparently cannot be repaired via stent so looking at open surgery. Difficult to find a doc who has specific celiac aneurysm experience. Just wondering if any one has personally had this issue, know of someone who has or know of a doc who has this specialty. Thank you.

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Hello @khanni

As I see this is your first post on Mayo Clinic Connect, let me welcome you! You are wise to seek information and to get support from others. Any rare condition tends to cause stress. I have had a rare type of cancer and I drive about an hour to a well-known university medical school for my treatment.

We have other members who have this type of aneurysm, here is a link to that discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/celiac-artery-aneurysm/. I would like to personally invite some of those members to join you in posting about their experiences. @henrya3, @kellyann75, @tallbeachbum, @auntbrenda44

In order for them to understand better about your situation, would you be willing to share the size of your aneurysm? Has your doctor prescribed any meds, such as blood pressure medications or has he/she given you any restrictions?

You are very wise to look for the best doctor possible to treat this. For rare disorders, of any type, multi-disciplinary medical centers are very good as they have a lot of research going on and they can treat the most difficult problems in the best way. As I mentioned earlier, in my own case, I drive about an hour to go to a university medical center and for another type of specialty surgery, I have driven 3.5 hours in order to find the best specialist.

Do you live near a university medical school or perhaps a facility like Mayo Clinic?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @khanni

As I see this is your first post on Mayo Clinic Connect, let me welcome you! You are wise to seek information and to get support from others. Any rare condition tends to cause stress. I have had a rare type of cancer and I drive about an hour to a well-known university medical school for my treatment.

We have other members who have this type of aneurysm, here is a link to that discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/celiac-artery-aneurysm/. I would like to personally invite some of those members to join you in posting about their experiences. @henrya3, @kellyann75, @tallbeachbum, @auntbrenda44

In order for them to understand better about your situation, would you be willing to share the size of your aneurysm? Has your doctor prescribed any meds, such as blood pressure medications or has he/she given you any restrictions?

You are very wise to look for the best doctor possible to treat this. For rare disorders, of any type, multi-disciplinary medical centers are very good as they have a lot of research going on and they can treat the most difficult problems in the best way. As I mentioned earlier, in my own case, I drive about an hour to go to a university medical center and for another type of specialty surgery, I have driven 3.5 hours in order to find the best specialist.

Do you live near a university medical school or perhaps a facility like Mayo Clinic?

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Teresa. Thank you for reaching out and welcoming me. I wish you well in your treatment journey. My celiac is 2.2cm which is the size at which they recommend doing surgery. I have been on blood pressure meds for a few years. I also had thoracic aneurysm surgery in 2018. The vascular surgeon handling my case has performed two celiac surgeries in his career. He is recommending open surgery rather than a stent which adds risk as well and supports me getting a second opinion. We are 30 minutes from IU Medical Center in Indianapolis and 3 hours from Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago. Thank you again. It means a lot to hear from somebody. Kevin

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Hello @khanni,

I'm glad to have provided you with some additional information that might help you make an informed decision about surgery. It sounds as if you have some good places to seek a second opinion. As this sounds like your second aneurysm, have other family members had this as well?

Will you post again with an update about your research and decision?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @khanni,

I'm glad to have provided you with some additional information that might help you make an informed decision about surgery. It sounds as if you have some good places to seek a second opinion. As this sounds like your second aneurysm, have other family members had this as well?

Will you post again with an update about your research and decision?

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My dad had an abdominal aneurysm but not a celiac. My vascular doc said they are not necessarily hereditary. Will definitely keep you posted.

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