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Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.

This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Current Recommendation

Release Date: February 2005

  • The USPSTF recommends one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) by ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked.
    Grade: B Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF makes no recommendation for or against screening for AAA in men ages 65 to 75 years who have never smoked.
    Grade: C Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for AAA in women.
    Grade: D Recommendation.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 79 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Report (PDF File, 248 KB; PDF Help)
Cost-Effectiveness Analyses (PDF File, 107 KB; PDF Help)
Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 322 KB; PDF Help)
Patient Brochures and Clinician Fact Sheets

Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Evidence Report

The research team at the Evidence-based Practice Center independently gathers and reviews the available published evidence to address the questions posed by the USPSTF. The resulting draft Evidence Report is critiqued by national subject matter experts before being finalized.

Evidence Report Related Items
Evidence Report (PDF File, 215 KB; PDF Help) Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 1.75 MB; PDF Help)

Recommendation Statement

The USPSTF reviews the Evidence Report, evaluates the benefits and harms of the clinical preventive service, and discusses and develops one or more preliminary specific recommendations. The resulting draft Recommendation Statement is posted on this Web site for public comment before being finalized.

Recommendation Statement Related Items
Draft Recommendation Statement for Public Comment*
(January 28–February 24, 2014)
Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 94 KB; PDF Help)

* Note: Draft Recommendation Statements are by their nature not final, and should not be interpreted as to represent official USPSTF recommendations for practice. Draft Recommendation Statements are provided by the USPSTF for informational purposes only.

Current as of February 2014

Internet Citation:

Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsaneu.htm


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