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September 1949

PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF THROMBOEMBOLISM

Author Affiliations

ANN ARBOR, MICH.
From the Departments of Surgery and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.

Arch Surg. 1949;59(3):609-632. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1949.01240040617025
Abstract

THIS report is concerned with our experience in the management of thrombosis and embolism during the past nine years at the University of Michigan Hospital. In general, our methods are not new, but through diligent and everchanging application of preventive measures, to a great extent originally described elsewhere, we are able to report marked improvement in the incidence of the grave complications which are inextricably a part of thromboembolism. It is hoped that our experience may be of help to others similarly confronted with choosing between, and in many instances employing the combined effects of, the various methods of prevention and treatment.

The incidence of pulmonary embolism has been reported to be from 1 to 12 per cent in routine autopsies in various locations and with varying types and ages of patients.1 Indeed, when the entire problem is considered and those patients found to have venous thrombosis are included

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