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January 1977

Venous Surgery in the Lower Extremities

Arch Surg. 1977;112(1):104. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370010106037

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This is the record of a two-day symposium held in 1973 at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. The problem receiving greatest attention was limb salvage in the face of venous injury when it accompanies arterial division. Almost half of the 19 senior and prestigious participants were drawn from the Walter Reed Army Hospital or the Institute. The record is therefore of particular importance since such injuries are more numerous in war than in civilian life. Moreover, considerable research in vascular matters is in progress in the Institute and several reports of this research appear in the symposium.

The change from ligation to repair of divided major vessels was begun during the Korean conflict and extended through the Vietnamese war. The Vietnam Vascular Registry established at the hospital under the direction of Norman Rich contains the case reports of injuries from the latter war and provides the data for

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