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Postmortem angiography permits visualization of the vascular system in humans in whom autopsy can confirm the absence or presence of disease. It provides thus not only normal controls but angiograms of conditions rarely seen in practice, or in which angiography is rarely done or contraindicated. Conclusions as to circulation in living patients are rarely possible, however. Barium sulfate or other heavy metal salts in solution were injected into the subclavian artery or other vessel, and x-ray photographs made.
After discussing the technical details, limitations of the method, general findings, and the causes of changes seen, the authors show illustrations of angiograms of the lungs, brain, heart, kidneys, trunk, fetus, portal system, and the systemic venous circulation. In each instance normal circulation is presented first, followed by pictures seen in various diseases. The text under the picture gives the pathologic-anatomic diagnosis at autopsy, description of the angiographic findings, and interpretation of
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