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January 1945

LIGATION OF THE FEMORAL VEIN FOR CHRONIC OCCLUSIVE ARTERIAL DISEASEA REVIEW OF ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN LIGATIONS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Surgery, New York Medical College, Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospitals and Metropolitan Hospital—Dr. Louis Rene Kaufman, director.

Arch Surg. 1945;50(1):56-62. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1945.01230030059007
Abstract

In 1941 Lesser and I1 reviewed 20 cases in which ligation of the femoral vein was employed in the treatment of chronic occlusive arterial disease of the lower extremities. As suggested in our preliminary report, the encouraging results demanded further evaluation of this procedure. The present report includes 118 ligations of the femoral vein performed on 110 patients. The results are far from spectacular, but the value of this procedure as judged from our experience definitely places it in the armamentarium for the treatment of chronic occlusive arterial disease, along with the many fairly recent procedures that have appeared in the literature. When a chronic disease is confronted, great dependence is placed on palliative measures. Thus, one attempts to alleviate acute symptoms and also to prevent complications or further spread of the disease. Even when life expectancy is definitely short, palliation is attempted for humane reasons alone. These considerations

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