TITLE

DISTRIBUTION AND SEVERITY OF ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESIONS IN THE HUMAN THORACIC AORTA

AUTHOR(S)
Bhagwat, Arvind G.; Robertson, Abel Lazzarni
PUB. DATE
March 1973
SOURCE
Angiology;Mar1973, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p181
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Seventy-five segments of descending thoracic aortas removed at autopsy from 40 males and 35 males were studied for severity and surface area involvement of atherosclerotic lesions, using both a qualitative grading system and a semi-quantitative planimetric technic. Since this study showed that the severity and extent of atherosclerotic lesions in the thoracic aorta may differ, it is concluded that more definitive information is obtained by simultaneous use of both methods. Five cases with diffuse pancreatic disease showed strikingly less severe atherosclerosis than 13 others in the same age group without pancreatic involvement. The possible etiological significance of a negative association between these two diseases merits further study. The greater surface area involvement and severity of atherosclerosis found in all cases in the posterior surface of the thoracic aorta at the sites of branching, emphasizes the influence of local factors on the initiation and progression of atheroma in man.
ACCESSION #
16358422

 

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