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Letters Screening for aortic aneurysm

Some of the reasons for lukewarm support are purely political

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:974
  1. Jonathan Beard, consultant vascular surgeon
  1. 1Sheffield Vascular Institute, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU
  1. Jonathan.D.Beard{at}

Johnson argues that a death rate of one in 14 from elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair means that screening is futile.1 Many specialist vascular units have elective mortality rates of 5% or less for open repair and mortality rates of less than …

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