Objective: To identify normal aortic diameters in elderly Saudi people aged 60-80 years.
Setting: A prospective screening programme by ultrasound for abdominal aortic aneurysm in elderly people carried out
in the Jeddah area, Saudi Arabia.
Subjects: The subjects were 392 consecutive candidates attending a clinic for other reasons.
Design: Aortic diameter at suprarenal (just above origin of renal artery) mid-aorta and just above bifumation were measured
ultrasonologically by a qualified radiologist.
Results: Average mean for whole group was 1.80 ± 0.02 SO; males have wider aorta (mean = 1.82 cm ± 0.25 SO) compared
with female (mean = 1.71 cm ± 0.25 SO); wider diameters were also noted in smokers (p value = 0.05).
Conclusion: Overall Saudi aortic diameter are smaller than European diameters