GORDON A. LOGAN, M.D.; ROBERT A. BRUCE, M.D., F.A.C.P.; GORDON G. BERGY, M.D.; K. ALVIN MERENDINO, M.D.
Mitral commissurotomy has been advocated by many for relief of disabling mitral stenosis in properly selected patients. Since this lesion is only one of the pathologic features responsible for the cardiac disability, it is important to evaluate as objectively as possible the benefits derived from surgery.
In the broadest interpretation there are two important results to evaluate: prolongation of longevity, and reduction in degree and duration of disability. Prolongation of life cannot be clearly evaluated until all patients have been followed up to the time of death. Comparative analysis of the symptoms of disability is limited by the highly subjective
LOGAN GA, BRUCE RA, BERGY GG, MERENDINO KA. DISABILITY TWO TO FIVE YEARS AFTER MITRAL COMMISSUROTOMY: AN EVALUATION BY CLINICAL CRITERIA AND EXERCISE TOLERANCE1. Ann Intern Med. ;47:248–262. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-47-2-248
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;47(2):248-262.
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