Should we screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms?

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ABSTRACTUltrasonography can screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) safely, cheaply, and accurately. Once detected, an AAA can be monitored and repaired before it is likely to rupture. The US Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended a one-time screening for AAAs by ultrasonography for men age 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. We should consider expanding the recommendations to include others at risk.


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