GEORGE G. READER; BRUNO J. ROMEO; BRUCE WEBSTER; WALSH MCDERMOTT
The course of syphilitic aortic insufficiency is generally believed to be rapidly progressive.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Death from cardiac failure is said to occur 12 to 36 months after the discovery of the lesion,7 although Grant8 in a study of 1,000 cardiac patients showed that the 10-year case fatality rate of syphilis of the aortic valve is only 64 per cent. It has been reported that antisyphilitic therapy doubles the life expectancy in this disease.3
In a previous study from this clinic9 of a large group of patients with aortic valvular syphilis, it was observed that current prognostic
READER GG, ROMEO BJ, WEBSTER B, MCDERMOTT W. THE PROGNOSIS OF SYPHILITIC AORTIC INSUFFICIENCY1. Ann Intern Med. ;27:584–595. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-27-4-584
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;27(4):584-595.
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