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To the Editor.—In our article in the July issue of the Archives (107:66-68, 1973), the mortality for patients who underwent surgical interruption of the inferior vena cava was listed as 4%. This is misleading as the 4% reflects only the mortality from recurrent pulmonary emboli. The mortality from all causes within 30 days of operation was 17% as outlined in another article (unpublished data).
POLLAK EW, SPARKS FC, BARKER WF. Pulmonary Embolism: An Appraisal of Therapy in 516 Cases. Arch Surg. 1973;107(3):492. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350210116031