Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

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The Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery recommends an abdominal ultrasound screening test to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms for all men between the ages of 65 and 75. Screening may also be recommended for:1

  • Men younger than 65 with a family history of aortic aneurysm.
  • Women older than 65 who have a history of smoking or heart disease, or a family history of aortic aneurysm in first-degree relatives (parent, brother, or sister).

People who have a strong family history of aortic aneurysms or who have Marfan's syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or another condition that puts them at risk may also benefit from screening.

For more information, see the topic Aortic Aneurysm.



  1. Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery (2008). Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery (CSVS) statement on AAA screening. Available online: http://csvs.vascularweb.org/CSVS_Contribution_Pages/PDF_Doc/AAA_statement08.pdf.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
Last Revised June 8, 2010

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