Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
Reference Abdominal aortic aneurysms Opens New Window can be found during an Reference ultrasound Opens New Window screening test. Screening tests help your doctor look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear.
Your doctor may recommend a screening test if you are a man who is:
- Age 65 to 75 and has ever smoked.Reference 1
- At least 60 years old and who has a first-degree relative (for example, father or brother) who has had an aneurysm.Reference 2
Some doctors think that other groups should be screened too. Some say all men 65 years and older should be screened, regardless of their risk. Some say men as young as 50 should be screened if they have a family history. Some say women age 65 and older should be screened if they have ever smoked or have a family history of AAA. Some say women should not be screened at all.
Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits of screening would outweigh the risks in your case. For more information, see:
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference February 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery