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CHICAGO – Four preoperative variables predict whether or not patients will survive ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs, according to investigators from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

It’s an important finding because until now, it’s been hard to know how they’ll do. Previous risk scores also rely on intraoperative variables, or haven’t been validated for endovascular repair.

Investigator Dr. Ty Garland, chief vascular surgery resident at the University of Washington, explained in a video interview what the four variables are at a meeting hosted by the Society for Vascular Surgery, and why it was so important for a level 1 trauma center like Harborview to identify them.

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