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Ann Intern Med. 1933;7(1):133-135. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-7-1-133
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Among the lesions of late syphilis, syphilitic aortitis by virtue of its serious complications ranks high as a cause of fatalities. It is estimated that cases of cardiovascular syphilis constitute over one-tenth of all cases of organic heart disease. Moore believes that there may be as many as 20,000 deaths a year from this cause in the United States. Of these a certain proportion are due to aneurysm, but the majority result from heart failure. For the most part it is not the aortitis which causes heart failure but the extension of the aortitis to the aortic valves with resultant


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