FRANK S. HOUSER, M.D.; EDWARD M. KLINE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The clinical diagnosis of aortitis is usually made late in the course of syphilitic infection. Although the literature contains references to its early development, it is not generally appreciated that the condition may sometimes be found within a short time after the primary infection. In the case to be reported symptoms appeared 10 months after infection and death from heart failure occurred 22 months later.
A colored male, aged 41 years, was seen in the Out-Patient Department October 25, 1944, complaining of dyspnea and orthopnea since August, 1943.
The past history is irrelevant except for the following important
HOUSER FS, KLINE EM. THE EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF SYPHILITIC AORTITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;27:827–829. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-27-5-827
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;27(5):827-829.
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