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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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