• To document both the long-term survival and the quality of life of patients following surgery for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the records of 65 patients with ruptured AAA resection were compared with those of 100 who underwent elective AAA resection. The actuarial survival following ruptured aneurysm surgery was 92%, 51%, and 51% at 1, 5, and 10 years, respectively, and did not differ statistically for patients after elective AAA surgery or for an age- and sex-matched sample from the general population. Based on responses to a quality of life survey, there were no discernible differences in life-style, degree of independence, or productivity following either ruptured or elective AAA surgery. Survivors of ruptured AAA have an excellent long-term prognosis and expectation for a good quality of life.
(Arch Surg 1988;123:1213-1217)