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Nearly half of people who suffer from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm end up dying. Now a new less invasive endovascular technique is being trialed for people suffering the condition. In one report, 44 patients with ruptured aneurysms were treated using the new technique and 85% survived compared to about 50% in those who have major open surgery. Each year, 50,000 people in the US have elective surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm and there are about 50,000 other sufferers who are undiagnosed. Undiagnosed cases face the risk of sudden bleeding which can be exacerbated when invasive abdominal surgery begins. The new technique involves threading a tiny tube through blood vessels where it can then seal off the site of the aneurism which will stop the bleeding. People at risk of abdominal aneurysms are older men, those who smoke, have high blood pressure or a family history of the condition. Diagnosis is through x-rays and sonograms. Experts hope the new technique becomes increasingly used in emergency situations.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Newsday
About: New surgical treatment for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms saves lives
Date: 19 January 2005
Author: Jamie Talan
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