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Abdominal aortic aneurysms can be found during an ultrasound screening test. Screening tests help your doctor look for a certain disease or condition before any symptoms appear.

The Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery recommends screening to check for abdominal aortic aneurysms for:footnote 1

  • All men ages of 65 to 75 and men younger than 65 with a family history of aortic aneurysm.
  • Women older than 65 who have any combination of a history of smoking, cerebrovascular disease, or a family history of aortic aneurysm.

Not all doctors agree on who should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Some say men as young as 50 should be screened if they have a family history. Some say women should not be screened at all.

Talk to your doctor about whether the benefits of screening would outweigh the risks in your case. For more information, see:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Should I Get a Screening Test?

People who have Marfan's syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or another condition that puts them at risk may benefit from screening.

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  1. Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery (2008). Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery (CSVS) statement on AAA screening. Available online:


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery

Current as ofAugust 21, 2015