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Overview of abdominal aortic aneurysm

Author
Kathryn A Collins, MD, PhD, FACS
Section Editors
John F Eidt, MD
Joseph L Mills, Sr, MD
Deputy Editor
Wenliang Chen, MD, PhD

INTRODUCTION

Approximately 15,000 deaths annually in the United States are attributed to abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Elective AAA repair prior to the development of symptoms is the most effective means to prevent rupture.

The definition of abdominal aortic aneurysm and aortic anatomy will be reviewed here together with an overview of the epidemiology, risk factors, pathogenesis natural history, screening, clinical features and diagnosis, management, and repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm, with links to more detailed topics. Other types of arterial aneurysms are discussed elsewhere:

(See "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of thoracic aortic aneurysm" and "Management of thoracic aortic aneurysm in adults" and "Endovascular devices for thoracic aortic repair".)

(See "Iliac artery aneurysm" and "Surgical and endovascular repair of iliac artery aneurysm".)

(See "Popliteal artery aneurysm" and "Surgical and endovascular repair of popliteal artery aneurysm".)

                      

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