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August 1936

TRAUMATIC ARTERIOVENOUS FISTULA INVOLVING THE RIGHT FEMORAL ARTERY AND VEINSPONTANEOUS CLOSURE

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Division of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Surg. 1936;33(2):248-252. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1936.01190020064006
Abstract

An arteriovenous fistula seldom becomes closed without surgical intervention. In the following case spontaneous closure occurred.

REPORT OF A CASE  A man 44 years of age recently was seen at the clinic. He had an arteriovenous aneurysm of the right femoral artery and vein, but this condition was not his reason for seeking medical aid. In fact, the arteriovenous fistula had closed spontaneously about seven years before. The end-result was identical with that which would have followed ligation of the artery and the vein.The patient had first registered at the clinic in 1924, because of the presence of a swelling in the right thigh, which emitted a bruit and gave the sensation of a purring cat to the palpating hand. For some reason he did not wait for an appointment but left Rochester before physical examination or any laboratory studies had been carried out.The patient was brought to

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