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Question heart with massive dilation of the aortic root and adjacent aortic arch.

Examination of an autopsy specimen from a Mexican immigrant demonstrates a heart with massive dilation of the aortic root and adjacent aortic arch. Opening the aorta reveals a smooth interior wall without obvious lesions. If a histological section through the aortic wall is made, which of the following would most likely be seen?
A. A heavy eosinophilic infiltrate
B. Fibrinoid necrosis with a neutrophilic infiltration
C. Focal fragmentation of elastic elements
D. Obliterative endarteritis of the vasa vasorum
E. Ring-like calcification of the vessel media
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D? Syphilis ?!!
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D. is correct. Syphilis...
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