The study of the termination of aortic aneurysms is always of interest. Rupture is one of the occasional methods that lead to the death of the patient. A very unusual and noteworthy variety of this method is rupture into the superior vena cava. In this paper I add two cases and discuss the more salient points of diagnosis.
It is interesting as the literature runs to note that the cases are bunched, the report of one case being quickly followed by several others.
The clinical notes with postmortem findings (made by Dr. Edwin F. Hirsch) of the first case are given in detail. The report of the second case is meager in details but accurate in its statements. The illustrations were made from the specimens, which are now preserved in the pathologic museum of Northwestern University.
REPORT OF CASES
—A widow, aged 52, previously in good health, awaking
MAYERS LH. RUPTURE OF AN AORTIC ANEURYSM INTO THE SUPERIOR VENA CAVA. JAMA. 1924;83(3):189–192. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660030027008
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