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What is a visceral exam?
The visceral arteries and veins carry blood to and from the organs in the abdomen. When the vessels supplying blood to the kidneys â€“ the renal arteries — become blocked, patients can experience uncontrollable hypertension. When the vessels supplying the bowel and intestines — the mesenteric and celiac arteries — become blocked the patient may experience pain following eating, fear of food, and/or significant weight loss. During the exam, the technologist will place the probe on the patient's belly and side, while looking at the organs, arteries, and veins. The technologist will look for blockages in the arteries due to plaque or other conditions that could block the blood flow.
What are the common signs and symptoms for a visceral evaluation?
Common signs and symptoms indicating the need for a visceral vascular exam may include one or more of the following:
What are the specific types of tests ordered for a visceral evaluation?
How long does a visceral exam take and how should a patient prepare for it?
A visceral evaluation exam takes up to 45 minutes to complete. The following information will help patients prepare for the exam.
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