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Risk factors for aneurysm rupture in patients kept under ultrasound surveillance. UK Small Aneurysm Trial Participants.
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PMID:  10493476     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate risk factors associated with aneurysm rupture using patients randomized into the U.K. Small Aneurysm Trial (n = 1090) or monitored for aneurysm growth in the associated study (n = 1167).
SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: The U.K. Small Aneurysm Trial has shown that ultrasound surveillance is a safe management option for patients with small abdominal aortic aneurysms (4.0 to 5.5 cm in diameter), with an annual rupture rate of 1%.
METHODS: In the cohort of 2257 patients (79% male), aged 59 to 77 years, 103 instances of abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture were identified during the 7-year period of follow-up (1991-1998). Almost all patients (98%) had initial aneurysm diameters in the range of 3 to 6 cm, and the majority of ruptures (76%) occurred in patients with aneurysms > or =5 cm in diameter. Kaplan-Meier survival and Cox regression analysis were used to identify baseline risk factors associated with aneurysm rupture.
RESULTS: After 3 years, the annual rate of aneurysm rupture was 2.2% (95% confidence interval 1.7 to 2.8). The risk of rupture was independently and significantly associated with female sex (p < 0.001), larger initial aneurysm diameter (p < 0.001), lower FEV1 (p = 0.004), current smoking (p = 0.01), and higher mean blood pressure (p = 0.01). Age, body mass index, serum cholesterol concentration, and ankle/brachial pressure index were not associated with an increased risk of aneurysm rupture.
CONCLUSIONS: Within this cohort of patients, women had a threefold higher risk of aneurysm rupture than men. Effective control of blood pressure and cessation of smoking are likely to diminish the risk of rupture.
L C Brown; J T Powell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of surgery     Volume:  230     ISSN:  0003-4932     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Surg.     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-19     Completed Date:  1999-10-19     Revised Date:  2013-06-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372354     Medline TA:  Ann Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-96; discussion 296-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Vascular Surgery, Imperial College at Charing Cross, London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal / epidemiology*,  ultrasonography*
Aortic Rupture / epidemiology*,  ultrasonography*
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Physiologic
Risk Factors

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