The prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in general population is 4-9% with a high mortality
rate when ruptured. Therefore, screening programs were developed in many countries to detect small and large
AAA in selected patients. Indeed, prevalence of AAA increases in patients over 65 years old with cigarette smoking
history. This paper reviews recent literature related to AAA screening focusing on epidemiology, screening
tests and evidence based medicine to highlight not only advantages but also disadvantages of screening programs
Keywords: Abdominal aortic aneurysm, screening, risk factors, ultrasonography.
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