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Anesthesia for open abdominal aortic surgery

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Peter D Slinger, MD, FRCPC
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Nancy A Nussmeier, MD, FAHA


Open aortic surgery is employed for patients who have indications for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair but unfavorable anatomy for endovascular aortic repair. Open aortic surgery is also necessary to manage aortic thrombosis or repair of aortic rupture from any cause (eg, ruptured AAA, ruptured aortic dissection, traumatic rupture), even when control of hemorrhage is initially achieved by an endovascular method.

This topic will review anesthetic management for patients undergoing open abdominal aortic surgery. Management for endovascular aortic repair is discussed separately. (See "Anesthesia for endovascular aortic repair".)

Elective and emergency surgical repairs of the abdominal aorta are discussed in other topics:

(See "Open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm".)

(See "Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm".)

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