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Article
December 1951

COARCTATION OF THE ABDOMINAL AORTA SIMULATING PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Research Department and Medical Service, St. Clare's Hospital.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(6):835-839. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810120136014
Abstract

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

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