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May 1925


Author Affiliations

Assistant Attending Surgeon, Albany Hospital ALBANY, N. Y.

Arch Surg. 1925;10(3):991-995. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1925.01120120179008

The removal of an embolus from an artery by actual incision into the vessel is a relatively recent procedure as well as a rather technically difficult operation. This field of surgery is new, and has developed following the advances made in surgery of the vascular system. The first successful attempt at removal of an embolus by arteriotomy was made by Labey in 1911. Since then, some seventy or eighty cases have been reported in which embolectomy was attempted. Key1 of Sweden reports ten cases of his own with fifty-one others, which are mostly those of surgeons on the Continent. Buerger2 of New York reports two cases of his own, and the literature contains references to two other cases.3

Emboli usually originate from diseased heart valves but they may also come from the lining of atheromatous vessels and aneurysms. In rare instances, they may originate from tuberculous processes

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