Natural history of thoracic aortic aneurysms: indications for surgery, and surgical versus nonsurgical risks.

@article{Elefteriades2002NaturalHO,
  title={Natural history of thoracic aortic aneurysms: indications for surgery, and surgical versus nonsurgical risks.},
  author={John A. Elefteriades},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2002},
  volume={74 5},
  pages={S1877-80; discussion S1892-8}
}
BACKGROUND The natural history of thoracic aortic aneurysm is incompletely understood. Over the last 10 years, at Yale University we have maintained a large computerized database of patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. Analysis of this database has permitted insight into fundamental issues of natural behavior of the aorta and development of criteria for surgical intervention. METHODS Specialized statistical methods were applied to the prospectively accumulated database of… CONTINUE READING
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