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Editor's Correspondence
June 10, 2013

Regarding “Time to Rethink Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?”—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(11):1032-1033. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1047

In reply

We thank Cardneau et al for their interest in our Invited Commentary1 about screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Our commentary noted that evidence has changed since 2005, when the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended 1-time screening for AAA for men aged 65 to 75 years who had ever smoked. The benefits of screening a population for AAA have decreased, while the harms have increased. We concluded that policy about screening should be reassessed.

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