From the Division of General Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave, LY318, Boston, MA 02215.
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
Parker RA, Hartman EE. A 75-Year-Old Woman With an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Emphysema, 1 Year Later. JAMA. 1999;281(8):744. doi:10.1001/jama.281.8.744