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February 25, 1961

Ten-Year Status After Sympathectomy for Arteriosclerosis

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Surgery, The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, and the Department of Anatomy, Harvard Medical School.

JAMA. 1961;175(8):677-679. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040080033007

The progress of 100 patients, with and without diabetes, was followed for a period of years after treatment by lumbar sympathectomy. At the end of the tenth postoperative year, 42 patients were alive, and only 8 of these survivors were disabled by disease in their limbs. The life expectancy of patients whose limbs responded well to sympathectomy was greater than that of patients who failed to improve.