Infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms less than five centimetres in diameter: the surgeon's dilemma

Eur J Vasc Surg. 1992 Nov;6(6):616-22. doi: 10.1016/s0950-821x(05)80838-2.


A number of recent studies have brought new data and a better understanding of the risk versus benefit of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. The present evidence indicates that the risk of rupture for non tender aneurysms less than 5 cm is so low that patients can generally be followed by 6 monthly ultrasound and not undergo immediate operation. Surgery should be the method of choice for most patients where the aneurysm is greater than 5 cm.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aorta, Abdominal / pathology
  • Aorta, Abdominal / surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / mortality
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / pathology
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / surgery*
  • Aortic Rupture / mortality
  • Aortic Rupture / pathology
  • Aortic Rupture / surgery*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Rate