HUMBERTO MACHADO, M.D.; BENJAMIN BEFELER, M.D.; AZORIDES R. MORALES, M.D.; ABELARDO VARGAS, M.D.
To the editor: Aortic valvulitis (1) in Reiter's syndrome is slowly progressive, occurring years after the onset of articular symptoms.
We describe a patient who developed aortic regurgitation, 17 months after the onset of Reiter's symptoms, necessitating aortic prosthesis.
A 23-year-old black man developed typical Reiter's syndrome in January of 1971. In January of 1972 he developed dyspnea and fatigability. In June 1972 a diastolic, decrescendo murmur was noted. Five months later the symptoms increased to severe dyspnea.
On admission to the Veterans Administration Hospital, Miami, Florida, he was chronically ill, in respiratory distress, and had a blood pressure of
MACHADO H, BEFELER B, MORALES AR, VARGAS A. Rapidly Progressive Aortic Insufficiency in Reiter's Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;81:121–122. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-1-121_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(1):121-122.
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