Pulsating Overview

If an area of the body is pulsating, or there is a “pulsating mass” or “pulsating tumor”, one of the first concerns is an aneurysm. This is a medical emergency because it can be immediately life-threatening.

An aneurysm is a ballooning of an artery that may pulsate and vibrate with the heart’s pulse. Any type of pulsating movement is typical of an aneurysm, although not all aneurysms are visible. All aneurysms can be life-threatening if they burst (“ruptured aneurysm”) and are a medical emergency. However, there are several causes of pulsatile swellings and masses other than aneurysm and all causes need to be considered.

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