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April 2, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXX(14):799-800. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440660047006

In our issue of March 12 (p. 626), we invited attention to the recent Memoir 1 of Dr. Artur Vestberg concerning the pathologic anatomy of the dissecting aneurysms of the heart, from which the following interesting facts are abstracted.

As the result of these researches it has been established that there exists in the human heart a form of aneurysm which, because it is more or less analogous to the dissecting aneurysms of the vessels, may be quite properly designated as dissecting aneurysm of the heart.

The author defines a dissecting aneurysm of the heart as a pathologic cavity communicating with the heart itself or with the origin of the aorta, due to a separation by the pressure of the blood of the layers of tissue composing the walls of the heart.

The affection occurs in the four following varieties:

  1. The parietal form, where the cavity of the aneurysm is