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Article
Sept 30, 1968

Pulmonary Embolectomy: Retrograde Approach Without Use of a Heart-Lung Bypass

Author Affiliations

From Saint Joseph Hospital, Flint, Mich.

JAMA. 1968;206(1):127-128. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150010075024
Abstract

Pulmonary angiograms of patients with massive pulmonary embolism will often demonstrate complete occlusion of one pulmonary artery with little involvement of the other lung. In this group of patients, a unilateral pulmonary embolectomy through a posterolateral approach will afford a simple way of performing a meticulous cleaning of the affected pulmonary artery and all its branches. This method was used successfully in a 64-year-old woman.

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