Regression of Atherosclerosis in Humans: Anatomical Evidence from Postmortem Studies

  • M. R. Malinow


Although atherosclerosis regression has been demonstrated in animals1 and angiographic evidence suggests that it may occur in humans,2 there is no anatomical confirmation of this process in humans. It seems unlikely that regression could be studied through sequential anatomical observation of human arteries. Autopsy material may provide such information, but there are many sources of error in the interpretation of findings when one tries to establish from postmortem studies whether atherosclerosis is reversible. A lucid analysis of the effects of bias in the interpretation of postmortem results in the association between diseases was presented by Mainland.3


Anorexia Nervosa Postmortem Study Fatty Streak Anatomical Evidence Aortic Atherosclerosis 
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  • M. R. Malinow
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Cardiovascular DiseasesOregon Regional Primate Research Center and Oregon Health Sciences UniversityBeavertonUSA

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