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Patient is a 92 year old male, recently diagnosed with a 5.5cm AAA and has declined the open surgery needed, as believes strongly he would not be able to cope with both the operation and recovery. His concern is, having wanted and agreed to having a Consultant's letter (see text below), stating no medical intervention if it ruptures, that he is uncertain as to what would happen medical-care wise if the AAA were to lead to medical problems short of causing a fatality. In other words, if it leaked slowly, causing problems over days or more or affected his longer term health in ways other than iust growing / being a health threat (atherosclerosis etc).
Thanks for any help.
Text of letter: XXXX is known to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He has refused any interventions, even if the aneurysm ruptures. This letter is to be shown to whom it may concern, in particular the medical team that may be involved in his further care, that this patient would not like to be considered for any intervention for his abdominal aortic aneurysm.
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