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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening

Release Date: December 2019

Recommendation Summary

PopulationRecommendationGrade
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Men aged 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked

The USPSTF recommends 1-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with ultrasonography in men aged 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked.

B
Men aged 65 to 75 years who have never smoked

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians selectively offer screening for AAA with ultrasonography in men aged 65 to 75 years who have never smoked rather than routinely screening all men in this group. Evidence indicates that the net benefit of screening all men in this group is small. In determining whether this service is appropriate in individual cases, patients and clinicians should consider the balance of benefits and harms on the basis of evidence relevant to the patient’s medical history, family history, other risk factors, and personal values.

C
Women who have never smoked

The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for AAA with ultrasonography in women who have never smoked and have no family history of AAA.

D
Women aged 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for AAA with ultrasonography in women aged 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked or have a family history of AAA.

I

See the “Practice Considerations” section for more information on each of these populations.

To read the recommendation statement in JAMA, select here.

To read the evidence summary in JAMA, select here.

See the Clinician Summary for a more detailed summary of the recommendation for clinicians.

Related Information for Health Professionals

There is no related information for health professionals.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

 
Current as of: August 2017

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening . U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. August 2017.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening1

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