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March 7, 1925


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From the Surgical Service of the National Military Hospital.

JAMA. 1925;84(10):728-729. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660360010003

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The diagnosis and operative procedure for the condition of varicose veins have become so standardized and simple that any mention of them is superfluous and uninteresting. It is because of this simple obvious diagnosis that now and then one encounters a complication, grave in its consequences, resulting from too hasty judgment in the handling of such a case.

Within the last six weeks, two cases have been observed at our clinic, which emphasize and strike home vividly the extreme importance of a careful investigation in so self-evident a condition as varicose veins.

Case 1.  —A man, aged 32, was admitted to the surgical section of the National Military Hospital, being referred by two prominent physicians for resection of varicose veins of both legs. The history was essentially negative except for typhoid fever ten years before. Convalescence from the typhoid was complicated by pains in both thighs, which disappeared in about

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