COARCTATION of the abdominal aorta is a distinctly rare entity. A search through the literature, both old and recent,1 has revealed only two cases, one reported by Steele1d and one by Wang.2 In both these cases a typical, chronic hypertensive picture was present. In the case reported by Steele there were wide fluctuations of pressure, depending in part on the state of nervous tension of the patient; however, the pressure never dropped below 200/160.3 Death resulted from cerebral accident in the first instance and from congestive failure in the second.
The following case presents a number of significant features which differ greatly, both clinically and theoretically, from those in the previously reported studies.
REPORT OF CASE
Mrs. N. H., a 45-year-old Palestinian woman, was referred to one of us (M. A. G.) by Dr. H. Zondek, with the clinical diagnosis of pheochromocytoma.The family history revealed
GOLDZIEHER JW, McMAHON HE, GOLDZIEHER MA. COARCTATION OF THE ABDOMINAL AORTA SIMULATING PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(6):835–839. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810120136014
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