Comment to ‘Regarding “Diabetes mellitus increases the risk of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms”’

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Abstract

This publication is a commentary on the Letter to the Editor by Juliette Raffort and Fabien Lareyre. This article clarifies a number of concerns about the method of calculating the index of prevalence of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). The method of qualifying patients for the study and the method of calculating the index of prevalence of ruptured AAA in cohorts of diabetic and non-diabetic patients was presented. Most researchers calculate the Index of Prevalence per 100,000 of the general population. This gives the misleading result that diabetes reduces the risk of AAA rupture.We used a method which calculated prevalence per 100,000 with diabetes mellitus and per 100,000 without diabetes mellitus. This method confirms that diabetes mellitus increases the risk of ruptured AAA.

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