THE ROLE of diabetes mellitus as an accelerating and aggravating factor in arteriosclerosis is generally an accepted fact today, as indicated by numerous clinical and pathological studies.1-6 Its significance has become more apparent in recent years as a result of the increased longevity diabetic patients now enjoy.6,7
The great incidence of associated vascular lesions with diabetes has raised the question not only of their pathogenetic interrelationship, but also of the role the latter may play on the basic pattern of arteriosclerosis obliterans.
Clinical evaluation of such an influence was undertaken in this study by a comparative analysis of a series of diabetic and nondiabetic patients. The manner in which the two groups may differ, could aid in understanding the disparity not only in their clinical course but also in the results observed with the various methods of treatment.
This study is based on 305 patients treated
GENSLER SW, HAIMOVICI H, HOFFERT P, STEINMAN C, BENEVENTANO TC. Study of Vascular Lesions in Diabetic, Nondiabetic Patients: Clinical, Arteriographic, and Surgical Considerations. Arch Surg. 1965;91(4):617–622. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1965.01320160071016
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