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Pharmacological interventions to attenuate the expansion of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA): a systematic review
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
2011 (English)In: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, ISSN 1078-5884, E-ISSN 1532-2165, Vol. 41, no 5, 663-667 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Is it possible by pharmacological methods to attenuate the expansion rate of abdominal aortic aneurysms?


An Internet-based systematic literature search was performed to identify published reports on pharmacological methods to influence aneurysmal expansion rate.


Of an original 450 articles, 21 remained to review: they included 15 cohort studies with 12,321 patients and seven randomised clinical trials (RCTs) with 1069 patients. Most studies are performed without a pre-study sample size calculation. There is no consistent pattern of pharmacological influence on expansion rate, but statins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and macrolides should be further evaluated.


Properly designed RCTs are needed before conclusions can be drawn on the possibility to pharmacologically attenuate aneurysmal expansion and prevent rupture.

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2011. Vol. 41, no 5, 663-667 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-164420DOI: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2011.01.009PubMedID: 21330159OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-164420DiVA: diva2:467961
Available from: 2011-12-20 Created: 2011-12-20 Last updated: 2012-02-02Bibliographically approved

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