WILLIAM H. HARRIS JR., B.A., M.D.; HERBERT J. SCHATTENBERG, M.S., M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Aneurysms of the thoracic aorta are quite common; rupture into the right ventricle as herein reported is, however, of infrequent occurrence. Boyd1 states that "0.1 to 0.5 per cent of deaths in American cities are due to aneurysms in the thorax." Lemann2 noted aneurysms of the thoracic aorta in 0.3 per cent of all patients examined in a series of 2,000 autopsies. A similar incidence in postmortem studies was noted by Geraci3 and by Ogden.4 In these aneurysms, rupture occurred in from 39 per cent5 to 52 per cent1 of the cases reported. The more usual sites of rupture reported
HARRIS WH, SCHATTENBERG HJ. ANEURYSM OF THE AORTA RUPTURING INTO THE RIGHT VENTRICLE1. Ann Intern Med. ;20:961–970. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-20-6-961
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1944;20(6):961-970.
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