Aortic aneurysm screening in 65-year-old men

In order to reduce the mortality rate from a ruptured aorta, so-called aortic aneurysm, all 65-year-old men in Skåne are offered an ultrasound examination of the aorta.

Practical information

For men in southwest Skåne the examination will be carried out at the vascular clinic in Malmö. The examination costs SEK 120. You can either pay with credit card at the clinic, or choose to receive a payment slip by mail after the examination. Exemption cards are not valid, and we cannot compensate you for any travel expenses.

The examination is completely voluntary and you may decline for no specific reason. Please contact us and cancel your appointment, so we can offer your time slot to another patient.

Why screening in 65-year-old men?

A ruptured aortic aneurysm is a life threatening condition. The aneurysm rarely causes any symptoms and is often only detected by chance in connection with other examinations. The condition is much more common in males than in females and the risk increases with age. 3-5 per cent of 65-year-old men have been found to suffer from aortic aneurysms.

A small aortic aneurysm is not dangerous but ought to be monitored with ultrasound on a regular basis. If the artery becomes enlarged and is likely to burst, preventive surgery is recommended. If we detect an aortic aneurysm during your examination, you will always be offered an appointment with a vascular specialist to further discuss the results.

How the examination is carried out

The ultrasound scan usually takes 5-15 minutes. There may also be some waiting time during your appointment. We ask you to fast (no food or drink) for four hours prior to your screening. You may take any medications as usual.

You will be asked to lie down during the examination. Using an ultrasound scanner, we will examine the aorta from outside your stomach. The diameter of your aorta will be measured on the monitor. The scan does not hurt, but you may feel some discomfort from the scanner when it is pressed gently to your stomach.

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