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Deaths from elective repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm fall to new low

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8066 (Published 27 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8066
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

The death rate in England from elective surgery to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms fell to 1.6% (three deaths from 190 operations) in 2011-12, the first year during which most men who turned 65 were offered screening.1 Before the screening programme was introduced in 2008 the death rate from elective repairs in the United Kingdom was 7.5%, the highest in Europe.

An audit published in February by the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland found that in 2009-10 the death rate after elective surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysms was 2.4% (197 deaths among 8380 patients treated).2

The latest figures have come from the national abdominal …

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