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Clinical Crossroads Update
February 24, 1999

A 75-Year-Old Woman With an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Emphysema, 1 Year Later

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From the Division of General Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, LY318, Boston, MA 02215.

JAMA. 1999;281(8):744. doi:10.1001/jama.281.8.744

In January 1998, at Medicine Grand Rounds, Lee Goldman, MD, discussed Mrs H, a 75-year-old woman weighing the risks and benefits of proceeding with an elective repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.1 She had survived an emergency repair of a thoracic aneurysm and was troubled mostly by chronic dyspnea secondary to her severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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