Upper Body Hypertension with Gross Atherosclerotic Narrowing and Diffuse Calcification of the Descending and Abdominal Aorta
Of the hypertensive patients presenting to the primary care providers, 95-99% have essential hypertension. Remaining 1-5% have an underlying diagnosis.1 Narrowing of the aorta distal to the origin of the arteries to the head, neck & upper limbs causes upper body hypertension. Coarctation of the aorta, a congenital narrowing of the aorta just distal to the insertion of ductus arteriosus, is the major cause of upper body hypertension. Gross atherosclerotic narrowing & diffuse calcification of the descending & abdominal aorta rarely emulates the features of coarctation of the aorta. We report a case of upper body hypertension due to gross atherosclerotic narrowing & diffuse calcification of the descending & abdominal aorta after extensive medline search we have not come across of such reports yet. Â
J Medicine 2009; 10 (Supplement 1): 32-35
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