Screening men aged over 65 for abdominal aortic aneurysms could save lives

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 24 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1077
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Ultrasound screening of men aged 65 to 79 for abdominal aortic aneurysms significantly reduces the number of men who die from the condition, a systematic review has concluded.

    The review of trials that evaluated screening says that between 5% and 10% of men in this age group have abdominal aortic aneurysms of which they are unaware (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007;(2):CD002945).

    Rupture of these aneurysms carries a very high risk of death. Screening by abdominal ultrasonography can detect these aneurysms, many of which can be treated with surgery.

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