Study: Small abdominal aortic aneurysms need less monitoring

02/27/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Because small abdominal aortic aneurysms tend to grow slowly, intervals of several years for ultrasound scans may be sufficient to monitor the condition, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The standard of care in the United States is to image small aneurysms infrequently -- approximately every other year," said vascular surgeon Dr. Mark Adelman, who was not involved in the study. "The findings in this study confirm the typical practice patterns in the United States, and incur costs of about $200 per year in patients with moderate- to large-sized aneurysms."

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