MICHAEL B. SHIMKIN, M.D.
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Compression of the spinal cord is a rare complication of syphilitic aortic aneurysm. Of the thousands of cases of aortic aneurysm that occur in the literature, only 44 present this syndrome. Laennec1 in 1825 first described the clinical and the necropsy findings in a 36 year old man. In a thorough dissertation of the subject, Goldschmidt-Haas2 in 1913 gathered and analyzed 32 cases. Gregory3 in 1934 was able to assemble nine more, and three additional articles have appeared.4
The following two cases are presented because of the rarity of the condition. The 15 year survival in the first patient is
SHIMKIN MB. ANEURYSM OF THE AORTA WITH COMPRESSION OF THE SPINAL CORD; TWO CASE REPORTS AND REVIEW OF LITERATURE1. Ann Intern Med. 1939;12:1709–1719. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-10-1709
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1939;12(10):1709-1719.
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