ROBERT S. PALMER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The consensus of present medical opinion is that atherosclerosis of the aorta is most marked in the abdominal portion and that it rarely if ever gives rise to clinical symptoms. This opinion is unanimously expressed in the recent textbooks consulted.1 One encounters patients with marked general atherosclerosis of the large vessels complaining of various irregular digestive symptoms, various aches and pains, paresthesias, loss of weight and often mental retardation. Such patients seem to exemplify the results of advanced general senile changes rather than specific localizations, accompanied by rather than due to the atherosclerosis. Some authors2 have held that digestive disorders
PALMER RS. A CASE OF MARKED TORTUOSITY OF THE ABDOMINAL AORTA WITHOUT CALCIFICATION, CAUSING MILD ATTACKS OF SUBACUTE INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION1. Ann Intern Med. ;17:358–361. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-17-2-358
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;17(2):358-361.
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