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Vascular lessons

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1200
  1. Roger N Baird (, vascular surgeon1
  1. 1 Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS1 3NU

    Mr Mahon's case1 reminded me of two general matters. Firstly, vascular surgeons need to maintain good communications with urologist colleagues. Over the years, urologists have been a good source of referrals, going as far back as the days when a plain abdominal radiograph would unexpectedly show a calcified abdominal aortic aneurysm during a search for a renal stone or in a patient with acute urinary retention.

    Secondly, we must continue to argue on behalf of patients for a national ultrasonographic screening service for abdominal aortic aneurysms. …

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