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\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\tDiagnostic Ultrasound\n\t\t\t\t\t\t<\/div>\n\t\t\t\t\t\t
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    \n\t\t\t\t\t\t\tAbdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)\n\t\t\t\t\t\t<\/div>\n\t\t\t\t\t\t
    \n\t\t\t\t\t\t\tMost abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are asymptomatic, not detectable on physical examination, and silent. Tobacco use, hypertension, a family history of AAA, and male sex are clinical risk factors for the development of an aneurysm. Ultrasound, the preferred method of screening, is cost-effective in high-risk patients. Repair is indicated when the aneurysm becomes greater than 5.5 cm in diameter or grows more than 0.6 to 0.8 cm per year. Symptomatic aneurysms present with back, abdominal, buttock, groin, testicular, or leg pain and require urgent surgical attention. Rupture of an AAA involves complete loss of aortic wall integrity and is a surgical emergency requiring immediate repair.\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t

    \n\t\t\t\t\t\t\tAAAs cause 15,000 deaths yearly and in 2010 were the 10th leading cause of death in white men 65 to 74 years of age in the United States.\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t

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    • With an aging population, the incidence and prevalence of AAA is certain to rise. Most AAAs are asymptomatic, and physical examination lacks sensitivity for detecting an aneurysm.<\/li>\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t
    • It is important that physicians understand which patients are at risk for the development of AAA, and provide appropriate evaluation and treatment once a patient has been diagnosed with an aneurysm.<\/li>\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t<\/ul>\n\t\t\t\t\t\t<\/div>\n\t\t\t\t<\/div>\n\t\t\t<\/div>\n\t\t\n\t\t"}