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Spontaneous Rupture of the Abdominal Aorta

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source: Postgraduate Medical Journal

year: 1977

authors: Williams TG


Fatal spontaneous rupture of the lower abdominal aorta in a previously healthy 61-year-old woman is reported; the possibility that she had the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is discussed.

A 61-year-old woman, previously normotensive and in excellent physical health although treated with amitriptyline for a year because of depression, was admitted urgently with a 12-hr history of epigastric pain radiating to the back. She had never previously been in hospital and there was no relevant family history. She had always bruised easily, as when her dog jumped at her or someone held her arm. On two occasions her gums had to be stitched because of persistent bleeding after tooth extraction. She had a normal 30-year-old son and two subsequent miscarriages, all delivered uneventfully at home.

organization: The Ipswich Group of Hospitals

DOI: 10.1136/pgmj.53.618.231

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