Translumbar aortography is a relatively recent addition to the procedures available in the diagnostic armamentarium. The method was first adequately described by the Spanish urologist, Dos Santos,1 and it has been proved a valuable adjunct to the diagnosis of pathological renal conditions. Subsequent experience by urologists in this country2 have led to perfections in the technique and to expansions in the usefulness of the method. Experience has also proved it to be a safe and uncomplicated procedure.
Application to the diagnosis of aortic vascular disease has lagged considerably behind the development of the procedure for the diagnosis of pathological renal conditions. Leriche3 has referred in his discussion of thrombotic occlusion of the aorta to the arteriograms performed by Dos Santos. The first report, however, to appear in this country relative to the utilization of this method for the specific diagnosis of aortic disease appeared in 1947, when