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Rivista di Angiologia
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International Angiology 2009 Febbraio;28(1):50-5
Lack of major gender-related differences in patients undergoing elective endovascular or surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
Van Der Loo B. 1, Naef F. 1, Spring S. 1, Rousson V. 2, Amann-Vesti B. 1, Koppensteiner R. 1
1 Clinic of Angiology, Department of Medicine, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2 Department of Biostatistics, ISPM, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Aim. The aim of this single center retrospective study was to determine gender-related differences in patients undergoing repair of aortic aneurysm.
Methods. A total of 296 consecutive patients with an abdominal aneurysm undergoing elective endovascular or surgical repair was included in the study. Among these, 24 (8.1%) were females and 272 (91.9%) were males. Demographic and clinical characteristics as well as laboratory values in terms of any potential gender-specific differences were compared.
Results. Females were significantly older at the time of repair than males. No gender-related differences were found analysing major clinical and laboratory parameters.
Conclusion. The clinical and laboratory profile with which males and females present at the time of elective endovascular or surgical repair for aortic aneurysm is very similar. It does not reveal any potential gender-specific risk constellation. It eventually remains unclear why the prevalence of aortic aneurysm is higher in male than in females.