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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

Overview

Screening recommendations for an abdominal aortic aneurysm are different for men and women.

Not all doctors agree on who should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits of screening would outweigh the risks in your case.

For men

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends a screening test for men who are ages 65 to 75 and have ever smoked. footnote 1

Some doctors think that men 65 years and older should be screened if they have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm. footnote 2

For women

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend screening for women who have never smoked and have no family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm. footnote 1

Women have a lower risk for an aneurysm than men do. But some doctors think that certain women should be screened. Some recommend screening for women who are 65 and older and either have smoked or have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm. footnote 2

References

References

Citations

  1. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2019). Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA, 322(22): 2211–2218. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2019.18928. Accessed April 3, 2020.
  2. Chaikof EL, et al. (2018). Society for Vascular Surgery practice guidelines on the care of patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 67(1): 2–77.e2. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.10.044. Accessed December 22, 2017.

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