VINCENT DEQUATTRO, M.D.
To the editor: The excellent paper by Marks, Maxwell, and Kaufman (Ann Intern Med 87:176-182, 1977) did not discuss their findings of a 100% cure rate after surgery in patients with renovascular disease and hypertension. Even their five patients with nonlateralized renin had blood pressure control: three were cured, two were improved. One of the former had a negative response to saralasin. Thus 40% of their operated patients lacked renin criteria and yet had a successful outcome.
We also have had the opportunity to study 20 patients with renovascular disease and hypertension from 1972-77 at the Los Angeles County-University of
DEQUATTRO V. Renovascular Disease and Saralasin Tests. Ann Intern Med. ;87:790–791. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-6-790
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(6):790-791.
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