While assessing a patient with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the nurse should auscultate for bruits. Which location is the most common site for AAA formation?

Slightly distal to the renal arteries


• 90% of AAAs occur distal to/below the renal arteries

• Incorrect: Aneurysms distal to the iliac artery are technically aneurysms of the iliac arteries, not of the aorta

• Incorrect: Suprarenal aortic aneurysms do occur, but are not common

• Incorrect: Debakey type III aortic dissection occurs in the descending aorta, just distal to the aortic arch  (not abdominal)

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