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A False Aneurysm and Getting Social Security Disability

What is a False Aneurysm?

The word "aneurysm" is taken from the Greek. It means, "a widening". A false aneurysm is really a hematoma. A hematoma is an abnormal localized collection of blood that leaks completely outside of your blood vessel. The blood in a hematoma is usually clotted or partially clotted. A false aneurysm is referred to in other ways. It is also known as a pseudoaneurysm or a pulsating hematoma.

An aneurysm is evidenced by a blood vessel that balloons outward or becomes abnormally large. On any part of your body where an aneurysm takes place, your blood vessel bulges out like a weak spot on an old worn tire.

The bulge in your blood vessel has the possibility of bursting (rupturing) at any time and may result in death. The larger an aneurysm is, the more likely it is to burst (rupture).

Aneurysms develop most of the time in arteries that are located at the base of your brain or in your aorta. Your aorta is the main artery that comes out of your heart. This kind of aneurysm is called an aortic aneurysm. However, an aneurysm can also occur in many other areas of your body. These include the back of your knees and thighs, intestine, brain, heart, spleen and neck.

Where do False Aneurysms form?

It is well to note that a false aneurysm forms outside of your arterial wall instead of inside your arterial wall as with a true aneurysm. In order for a hematoma to be referred to as a false aneurysm it must communicate and continue to do so with the artery that it affects.

A false aneurysm is contained within a sac that develops from the outer layers of your blood vessel or from peri-arterial layers of your blood vessel. A false aneurysm is confined next to your affected blood vessel by the surrounding tissue.

A false aneurysm will eventually clot enough to seal the leak, or it will rupture (burst) out of the tougher tissue that is enclosing it. In this case, a false aneurysm will flow freely between layers of other tissues or into looser tissues.

Causes, Signs, and Symptoms of a False Aneurysm

A false aneurysm may be caused by any type of trauma that punctures one of your arteries. It may be a known complication of percutaneous (needle-puncture of the skin) arterial procedures, such as arterial grafting, arteriography or using an artery for injection. A false aneurysm may also result as a complication of acute pancreatitis, due to enzymes leaking out from your pancreas and damaging nearby blood vessels.

For the most part, just as with a true aneurysm, a false aneurysm does not usually cause you any signs or symptoms. Because the hole is small that results from a false aneurysm and there is no real dissection, you usually do not have any pain or discomfort.

However, if your false aneurysm is pressing against your nerves or other organs, you may experience weakness or pain. Also, a false aneurysm that develops in your cavernous sinus has been linked to the occurrence of cluster headaches, but most false aneurysms take place outside of this area.

As the result of a false aneurysm and/or complications that have developed from it, you may be disabled and not able to work. You may also be in need of financial assistance. Have you made a request for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? Was your request denied by the Social Security Administration? If so, get your free disability evaluation now and get the legal help you deserve.

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