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February 1955


Author Affiliations

Illustrations by the Department of Visual Education, University of Louisville.; From the Department of Radiology (Drs. Berry and Pirkey) and the Section on Urology (Dr. Robbins) of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;70(2):173-177. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270080019004

ABDOMINAL aortography is a roentgen method for the use in differential diagnosis between intrarenal and extrarenal retroperitoneal masses. It is helpful for the roentgen differentiation between benign and malignant tumors of the kidney.

This method was first described by dos Santos,1 of Portugal, in 1925. It did not receive wide acceptance until a publication by Farinas of Cuba in 1941.2 Nelson,3 of Seattle, reported the first cases of translumbar aortography done in this country in 1942. In 1948 Melick and Vitt4 reviewed 3000 cases of aortography collected from the literature. In a recent paper, Smith, Evans, Elsey, and Felson, of Cincinnati,5 reported a total of 800 cases of translumbar aortography done at their institution without a fatality. They also include a complete bibliography on this subject.

The purpose of the present paper is to review the value of abdominal aortography in the differential diagnosis of