Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply to referral standards  and also include:

  • Smoking status
  • Known AAA under surveillance that increase > 5mm in diameter
  • New or incidental finding of AAA

Tests

Tests required:

  • Abdominal Ultrasound (including previous scans if available)
  • Recent blood pressure results.

Vascular clinic prefers to arrange CT scan within THO-South service<Link to Medical Imaging page>.Aneurysms 6cm or greater should be referred as urgent.

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Vascular Surgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

Manage risk factors and advise patient of symptoms that reflect an emergency situation.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Aneurysms 5.5 cm or greater should be referred as urgent

Routine / category 3

Incidental finding of AAA less than 5.5 cm diameter

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

Emergency:

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED
– Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6348 7382
MCH ED
– Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED
– Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED
– Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent:

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine:

Next available appointment