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Ann Intern Med. 1943;19(4):656-668. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-19-4-656
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Thrombosis of the abdominal aorta was first described by Graham1 in 1814. In the steadily growing literature, the diagnosis in the vast majority of cases has been confirmed by postmortem examination. The number of reported cases, however, gives a false index of the frequency with which thrombosis and embolism of the abdominal aorta occur. For, as Leriche2 pointed out, a number of cases are not reported because recovery prevented confirmation of the diagnosis. It is reasonable to state, therefore, that thrombosis and embolism of the abdominal aorta probably occur more frequently than the proved reported cases would seem to indicate.


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