AAA screening - What will my results be?

There are 4 possible results.

No aneurysm found
If your aorta is less than 3cm wide, this means you do not have an aneurysm. Most men have this result. No treatment or monitoring is needed afterwards. You will not be invited for AAA screening again.

Small aneurysm
If your aorta is between 3cm and 4.4cm wide, you have a small aneurysm. The NHS invites men with a small aneurysm for a scan every 12 months, to see if it is getting bigger.

Medium aneurysm
If your aorta is between 4.5cm and 5.4cm wide, you have a medium aneurysm. The NHS invites men with a medium aneurysm for a scan every 3 months, to see if it is getting bigger.

Large aneurysm
If your aorta is 5.5cm wide or bigger, you have a large aneurysm. Only about 1 in 1,000 men who are screened have a large aneurysm. The NHS gives men with a large aneurysm an appointment with a specialist doctor. They will have more scans and talk about possible treatment, usually an operation.

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