Assessment of AAA
In most cases the presence of an AAA is discovered incidentally during investigations for other unrelated conditions.
As previously stated, in the UK the majority of vascular surgeons do not contemplate repairing an AA until it reaches around 5½ to 6cm in diameter. Patients with small AAA are usually kept under surveillance with regular ultrasound scans to measure the size of the AA and monitor its growth.
If and when the AAA approaches 5½cm in diameter patients will usually undergo a CT scan to accurately measure the AAA and help plan any impending intervention.
In addition patients may undergo other investigations including blood tests, heart and breathing tests to assess their fitness for AAA repair.
There are two methods of repairing AAA. These are open repair or endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)
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