THROMBOTIC obliteration of the aortic bifurcation has until recent years been considered a rare occurrence, and when it has been diagnosed the prognosis has been viewed with pessimism. Leriche in 19401 aroused interest in this condition by publishing his observations on a number of patients who presented the typical symptoms and clinical features of what he termed "le syndrome de l'oblitération termino-aortique par artérite." Since then an increasing number of reports on patients with thrombosis of the terminal aorta have appeared (Elkin and Cooper,2 Milanes, Perez-Stable, and Lastra,3 Ortner and Griswold4 and others5), and although not common this condition can hardly still be considered a rarity. Further, if the diagnosis is made early enough and proper treatment instituted forthwith, the prognosis is moderately good.
Thrombosis of the terminal aorta as described here is a condition which begins insidiously and progresses for a considerable time unnoticed,
BEACONSFIELD P, KUNLIN J. INSIDIOUS THROMBOSIS OF THE AORTIC BIFURCATION: Report of Thirty-Five Cases. AMA Arch Surg. 1953;66(3):356–364. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260030371011
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