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Cardiovascular Findings in Women with Syphilis.

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ByARNETT JOHN H..  (Amer. Jour. of Med. Sc.. , July, 1928; , p. 65.).

Ann Intern Med. 1928;2(2):231. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-2-2-231
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Two hundred and five female dispensary patients with tertiary syphilis, 25 with secondary syphilis and 78 controls were subjected to a uniform examination, including, where possible, an electrocardiogram and an orthodiagram. The following results were obtained: Cardiac enlargement as indicated by a cardiothoracic ratio of 50 or over was present in a considerable number of the control group, as well as in both the primary and secondary syphilitic groups. No evidence was furnished for the belief that in the absence of definite evidences of cardiac impairment, syphilis per se may produce cardiac enlargement. On the contrary, unexplained high cardiothoracic ratios


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