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April 13, 1912

THE TREATMENT OF SACCULATED ANEURYSM BY WIRING AND ELECTROLYSIS

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(15):1088-1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040104002
Abstract

The treatment of sacculated aneurysm by the introduction of various foreign bodies, ranging from nails to strands of silk and horse-hairs, was practiced many years ago. The design was of course to aid or produce clotting in the sac and so to reenforce the weakening aneurysmal wall. These measures failed chiefly because most of the operations were performed before the days of asepsis, or else they caused so much damage to the sac-wall that its continuity was destroyed and the end hastened. It is not my intention in this paper to go into a historical review of these cases, or of the early trials of more recent methods, such as the Moore-Corradi operation, which I have performed on twenty-two occasions1 for saccular aneurysm of the various parts of the aortic arch. Six of my cases are now recorded for the first time. In every instance the growth was so

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