HÉCTOR F. RODRÍGUEZ, M.D.; EDWIN RIVERA, M.D.
Spontaneous rupture of the aorta is usually associated with aneurysm formation (luetic or arteriosclerotic in origin), or with dissection of the wall secondary to medial necrosis, with or without hypertension. It may also occur as a complication of congenital coarctation of the aorta.
The purpose of this report is to present a case of spontaneous rupture of the aorta in its thoracic portion through an atheromatous plaque. No evidence of aneurysm or dissection in the affected portion was found on post-mortem examination. As far as we could ascertain from the review of the literature and personal communications with recognized authorities
RODRÍGUEZ HF, RIVERA E. SPONTANEOUS RUPTURE OF THE THORACIC AORTA THROUGH AN ATHEROMATOUS PLAQUE1. Ann Intern Med. ;54:307–313. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-54-2-307
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;54(2):307-313.
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