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June 30, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(9):860-862. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.62970090001017

In October, 1954, Boyarsky 1 reported a case of paraplegia following translumbar aortography. This is the report of a similar case having the serious sequelae of transverse myelitis and paraplegia following direct abdominal aortography. The fact that this patient came to an early autopsy enabled us to more fully evaluate the factors contributing to this unfortunate complication.

Report of a Case 

History.—  A 58-year-old male was first admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital of Oakland, Calif., in December, 1954, because of severe pain and cramps of both lower legs. He gave a history of having had intermittent cramps in the lower legs over the period of the preceding two years. These cramps were brought on by exertion and were alleviated by rest. Recently, the pain had become much more severe, with maximum intensity at night while the patient was at rest. The patient's history was significant, in that he