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The UK NSC recommendation on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening in men over 65 (currently in consultation)


This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in Aug 2016 and is estimated to be completed by Aug 2017.

» Download the expert review for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (PDF document, 652KB)

The UK NSC welcomes comments and feedback on the expert review during the consultation period that lasts from 24/03/2017 until 24/06/2017. Please send comments to Screening Evidence by e-mail using this feedback form.

Please note that all consultation submissions will be published on this page when the review is complete. Full details can be found in the confidentiality and disclosure section at the bottom of this page.

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended

Evidence to support continuation or cessation of existing screening programmes should be reviewed regularly. The process for this is currently being revised, which is why this topic does not currently have a review date. The new process will be published in due course. Each programme has an active portfolio of research, evidence and audit to support continual improvement. Find out more about abdominal aortic aneurysm screening in England.

The UK NSC decided that AAA screening could be offered to men aged 65, provided that the men invited were given clear information about the risks of elective surgery, and that steps were taken to create networks of vascular surgical services to allow further specialisation, bigger throughput and therefore lower risk, because of the evidence relating to volume and quality. A working group has been set up to resolve these issues.  Version 3.0 of the Standard Operating Procedures were published in July 2011.


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An aneurysm occurs when part of an artery swells. It is caused by a damaged blood vessel or a weakness in the blood vessel wall. The pressure of blood in the artery causes it to 'balloon' out at the weak point. The swelling can be small and spherical (berry-sized), normally occurring near blood vessel branches, or it can be larger and balloon-like. Large aneurysms may also extend along the arteries. Aneurysms can occur anywhere in the body, but they are most common on the wall of the aorta, the largest artery in the body.

» Read more about abdominal aortic aneurysms on NHS Choices

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


British Heart Foundation
British Medical Ultrasound Society
Cardio & Vascular Coalition
Circulation Foundation
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Radiologists
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal Society of Medicine
Society for Vascular Technology
Society of Vascular Nurses
Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon AAA policy review summary (Nov 2005) (PDF document, 80KB, 03/06/11)

Confidentiality and disclosure

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or release to other parties or to disclosure in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998, and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004). If you want information, including personal data that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence.

In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the UK National Screening Committee.

Any request for information to be treated in confidence will be taken into consideration in the publication of responses to the consultation. The UK National Screening Committee intends to publish all responses following the closure of the consultation period, however we will not publish responses from respondents who request that any of the information in their response, including personal data, should be handled in confidence. The UK National Screening Committee reserves the right not to publish or take into account any representations which are openly offensive or defamatory.

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