JOHN MARTIN ASKEY, M.D., F.A.C.P.; JAMES E. KAHLER, M.D.
An astounding feature of Lutembacher's syndrome is the ability of many patients to endure the marked lesion for many decades. One woman lived to the age of 741 and passed successfully through 11 pregnancies and three abortions. In Bonnabel's report,2 two patients lived to be over 70. It is difficult to document precisely the instances of Lutembacher's syndrome3 in the literature. Many are included in reports upon interatrial septal defect without definite designation of the mitral lesion. An approximate enumeration would be as follows:
McGinn and White4 reported 24; Roesler5 mentioned 6 more; Tinney6 in 1940 found 11 instances reported
ASKEY JM, KAHLER JE. LONGEVITY IN EXTENSIVE ORGANIC HEART LESIONS: A CASE OF LUTEMBACHER'S SYNDROME IN A MAN AGED 72(LONGEVITY IN EXTENSIVE ORGANIC HEART LESIONS: A CASE OF LUTEMBACHER'S SYNDROME IN A MAN AGED 72*). Ann Intern Med. 1950;33:1031–1036. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-33-4-1031
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1950;33(4):1031-1036.
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