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Identifying arteriosclerosis and aortic atheromatosis by skin biopsy

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      Photonic and ultrastructural examination of skin biopsies accurately reflect the condition of vascular walls. A normal skin type 0 is the equivalent of normal vessels, while skin types II and III correspond to arteriosclerotic aortic and coronary vessels. The test is primarily valuable to establish whether a premature arteriosclerosis exists.
      Estimate of skin lipids — total lipids and total sterols — is a diagnostic test which permits us to establish the degree of atheroma of an individual. Levels of these lipids and the degree of atheroma run parallel.
      By its histological and biological study, skin biopsy can become an accurate test reliably reflecting the condition of the aorta (atherosclerosis and atheromatosis).

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