ISRAEL STEINBERG, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In recent years, more and more aneurysms of the thoracic aorta have been due to arteriosclerosis. This is because the incidence of cardiovascular syphilis is declining while longevity is increasing.1 Heretofore, discovery of aortic aneurysms was mostly of academic interest; wiring and cellophane wrapping having been of limited success. Newer surgical technics, especially excision of the aneurysm and replacement with homologous aortic grafts, promise to be a more effective treatment.2, 3
The early diagnosis of thoracic aortic aneurysm is important; duration of life, once symptoms begin, is apparently limited.4, 5 Roentgenography fortunately provides a significant clue by disclosing abnormal mediastinal
STEINBERG I. DIAGNOSIS OF ARTERIOSCLEROTIC ANEURYSMS OF THE THORACIC AORTA: REPORT OF SIX CASES12. Ann Intern Med. ;46:218–246. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-2-218
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(2):218-246.
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