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May 16, 1925

ROENTGEN-RAY THERAPY OF THROMBO-ANGIITIS OBLITERANS: PRELIMINARY REPORT

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the departments of Roentgenology and Surgery, Hospital for Joint Diseases.

JAMA. 1925;84(20):1469-1472. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660460005002
Abstract

Our object in this paper is to report the results of roentgen-ray therapy in a series of fifty cases of circulatory disturbances of the extremities, most of which were thrombo-angiitis obliterans. Great possibilities of beneficent results were anticipated about four years ago, when an investigation was carried out, at which time the radiation was directed over the gangrenous or pulseless parts. Small repeated stimulating doses were given, but with no encouraging results. In fact, the lack of any favorable response to any degree, and the fear of producing additional obliterative changes in the blood vessels, as well as the possibility of additional radiation dangers, led to an early discontinuance of the investigation.

Our interest in the roentgen-ray therapeutics of thrombo-angiitis obliterans was renewed about two years ago by the incidental observation of improvement of vascular disturbance of this type, in the lower extremities of a patient referred to one of

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