Which factors influence the long-term prognosis of 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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The long-term prognosis is related to associated comorbidities. Long-term survival is shortened by chronic heart failure and COPD. Rupture of associated thoracic aneurysms is also an important cause of late death. Overall, AAA repair is very durable, with few long-term complications (< 5% false aneurysm). In general, the survival rate of patients with successful AAA repair is comparable to that of people in the age-matched population at large who have never had an aneurysm. [12, 13]


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