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Clinical Notes
January 1972

Control of Massive Hemorrhage From Vena Cava and Liver InjuriesA Simplified Technique

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Department of Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(1):104-106. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180010098026

A technique for vascular isolation of the liver and vena cava injuries involves use of the Foley catheter. In preliminary studies four of six dogs survived the ten-day observation period. Liver function studies were transiently elevated. Pathology was confined to the liver and revealed minimal atrophy about the central veins in two of four dogs. A case report utilizing the technique includes the subsequent recovery of liver function and patient survival.