Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

A Literature Review and Ratings of Appropriateness and Necessity

by David J. Ballard, Jeff A. Etchason, Lee H. Hilborne, Mary E. Campion, Caren Kamberg, David Solomon, Lucian L. Leape, James P. Kahan, Rolla Edward Park, Robert H. Brook

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Abstract

This report reviews the literature on the benefits and risks of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery, provides a comprehensive list of potential indications for AAA surgery, and presents the ratings of appropriateness and necessity of those indications by a panel of experts. The ratings of appropriateness and necessity are the final results of a two-stage modified Delphi process and were assigned by a multispecialty panel of physicians with expertise in the diagnosis and management of AAA.

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