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July 14, 1975

Ruptured Arteriosclerotic Aneurysms of the Abdominal AortaReducing Mortality

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

JAMA. 1975;233(2):147-150. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260020033020

Mortality in 100 patients undergoing resection of ruptured atherosclerotic aneurysms of the abdominal aorta was 58%. In addition to advanced age and concurrent cardiac disease, lethal factors included preoperative hypotension, cardiac arrest, anuria, and free intra-abdominal rupture. Failure to establish the correct diagnosis until the onset of these four signs contributed to the high mortality.

(JAMA 233:147-150, 1975)