Is surgery necessary for abdominal aortic aneurysm less than 6 cm in diameter?


During 8 years of an ultrasound screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), 8944 people aged 65-80 years were scanned. 356 (4%) had AAA of diameter 3 cm or greater. Under our criteria repair was indicated if the aortic diameter reached 6 cm, if expansion reached 1 cm per year, or if the AAA caused symptoms; 124 patients met these criteria… (More)


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