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March 1972

Pseudo-Coarctation of the Abdominal Aorta

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, departments of surgery (Drs. Prabhakar and Kittle) and radiology (Dr. Ranniger), Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(3):345-346. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180030091022

A 51-year-old Negro woman was referred to the surgical service in 1964 because of calcifications shown on roentgenograms of the abdomen, suggesting an aortic aneurysm. Aortograms revealed a dilated, tortuous, and elongated abdominal aorta with a localized narrowing similar to a pseudo-coarctation of the thoracic aorta. There was no pressure gradient across the narrowed segment. Six years later, a second aortogram indicated no change in the configuration or size of the tortuosity. The patient remains asymptomatic and no surgery has been advised.

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