What are the risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Saum A Rahimi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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AAAs generally affect elderly white men. Smoking appears to be the risk factor most strongly associated with AAA. In addition to increasing age and male sex, other factors include increased height, weight, body mass index, and body surface area. A familiar clustering has been noted in 15-25% of patients undergoing surgical repair of AAA. Female sex, African American race, and the presence of diabetes mellitus are negatively associated with AAA. [1, 2]


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