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Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) reduced AAA mortality in Danish men 64–73 years of age

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 Q In Danish men 64–73 years of age, does screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) reduce specific mortality caused by AAA and all cause morality?

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randomised controlled trial.

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unclear allocation concealment.*

Embedded ImageBlinding:

blinded (outcome assessors).*

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

mean 52 months.

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5 hospitals in Viborg County, Denmark.

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12 639 Danish men 64–73 years of age (mean age 68 y) born between 1921 and 1933 who were living in Viborg County, Denmark.

Embedded ImageIntervention:

screening for AAA by abdominal ultrasonography (n = 6333) or no screening (control group, n = 6306). An AAA was deemed to be present if the infrarenal aortic diameter was ⩾3 cm. Participants with AAA …

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  • * See glossary.

  • For correspondence: Dr J S Lindholt, Vascular Research Unit, Viborg, Denmark.

  • Sources of funding: Health department of Viborg County; Danish Heart Foundation; Danish National Council of Health Research; Foundation of Research in Western Denmark; Foundation of Rosa and Asta Jensen.

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