Holiday Hours

With the exception of Inova hospitals, Inova Emergency Care and Inova-GoHealth Urgent Care, all Inova outpatient offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday – Monday, May 27.

Peripheral Aneurysm

Aneurysms occur when part of an artery wall weakens, allowing it to balloon out or widen abnormally. Peripheral aneurysms affect the arteries other than the aorta. These are most commonly located in the legs.

Most patients are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms. Peripheral aneurysms generally do not rupture but may send a clot from within the aneurysm to the arteries downstream. Occasionally, this is a limb-threatening condition.

Your vascular specialist will perform a complete vascular exam and may order further diagnostic tests if a peripheral aneurysm is suspected.

Common treatment options for a peripheral aneurysm include:

  • Continued observation for small aneurysm
  • Conventional surgical repair (usually a bypass)
  • Endovascular repair