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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Christoph I. Lee

in 50 Imaging Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780190223700
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190223731 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0024

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

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This chapter, found in the abdominal and pelvic pain section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the use of ultrasound for screening asymptomatic patients for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study showed that screening for AAAs can decrease aneurysm-related mortality rates. However, since AAAs contribute to less than 3% of all deaths, screening provides no significant decrease in all-cause mortality. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

Chapter.  1294 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Primary Care ; Clinical Radiology

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