In this database analysis from the Netherlands, researchers determined short term (28 day) mortality for open AAA surgery from 1997-2000. In men, mortality rates ranged from 3% to 27%, and for women they ranged from 4% to 54%, with a linear association with age. Although these numbers do not reflect the (lower) mortality rates with endovascular repair, they can aid in decisions about elective AAA repairs (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.