Population screening programmes and a falling population prevalence of smoking have led to a declining incidence of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms in men. However, ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms remain a common vascular surgical emergency, with an increasing proportion of ruptures being in women. About one quarter of the ruptures have a juxta-renal aneurysm and are more challenging to repair using endovascular technologies. Endovascular technologies may not reduce the overall mortality, compared with open surgical repair, but appear to offer early benefits with respect to patient quality of life at acceptable cost. Challenges over the next 5 years include widening the access to repair, developing an accurate bedside risk scoring tool, as well as optimising strategies for pre-operative resuscitation, standardising peri-operative care and the management of post-operative complications.
|Journal||Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Oct 2015|
- Centre for Surgical Research