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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

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Abdominal aortic aneurysms can be found during an ultrasound screening test. Screening tests help your doctor look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear.

Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits of screening would outweigh the risks in your case. For more information, see:

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Should I Get a Screening Test?

For men

Your doctor may recommend a screening test if you are a man who is:

  • Age 65 to 75 and has ever smoked.1
  • At least 60 years old and who has a first-degree relative (for example, father or brother) who has had an aneurysm.2

Some doctors think that other men 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 55 should be screened if they have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm.3

For women

Women have a lower risk for an aneurysm than men do. But some doctors think that certain women should be screened.

Some doctors recommend screening for women who are 65 and older and either have smoked or have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm.3

If you have never smoked, screening is not helpful for you.1


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Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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