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October 1953


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, King County Hospital System, and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(4):616-619. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040625015

OCCLUSION of a major peripheral artery by an embolus is a serious emergency all too often leading to gangrene of the involved extremity and resulting in permanent disability or in death of the patient.

Until 1911, when Labey1 performed the first successful embolectomy, little had been accomplished toward reducing the loss of life and limb associated with arterial embolization. Since that time many excellent reports of collected series of embolectomies have been published.

Reports of repeated successful removals of emboli from the same vessel in one patient are of sufficient rarity and interest to warrant comment. It is the purpose of this paper to present such a case with the hope that it may stimulate interest in direct surgical attack upon recurrent emboli even in the very poor-risk patient.

REPORT OF A CASE  P. H., a 66-year-old white man, was admitted to the surgical service of the King County

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