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August 13, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(15):1390-1391. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960150060023

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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

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