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To the Editor:—
In the Correspondence section of The Journal, June 18, 1955, page 587, Dr. John T. Pewters describes a case of aortic aneurysm with rupture into the esophagus and refers to a letter in The Journal, Dec. 26, 1953, page 1571, by Dr. Samuel Baer, who questioned the rarity of this occurrence as stated by Calenda and Uricchio: "In the past 27 years only five such cases have been described in the world literature" (J. A. M. A.153:548 [Oct. 10] 1953). I also published such a case recently (Krudy, A. G., and Smith, J. A.: Multiple Saccular Aneurysms of the Thoracic Aorta with Spontaneous Rupture Into the Esophagus: Report of a Case, Dis. Chest27:690, 1955) and reviewing some earlier studies on large series of aortic aneurysms found that rupture into the esophagus was not rare. Of 233 cases of aneurysm of the thoracic aorta
Krudy AG. RUPTURE OF AORTIC ANEURYSM INTO ESOPHAGUS. JAMA. 1955;158(15):1390–1391. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960150060023
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