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Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:601

Headline is misleading

  1. Peter Lamont, honorary secretary (
  1. Vascular Society at the Royal College of Surgeons, London WC2A 3PE

EDITOR—The front cover of the BMJ of 27 November declared that screening for aortic aneurysm does not reduce overall death rates. This headline misrepresents the conclusions of the study itself,1 let alone evidence from the UK multicentre aneurysm screening study of 68 000 men, which showed that screening halves aneurysm related deaths …

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