THE SIGNIFICANCE of arterial and venous thrombosis and of thromboembolism as complications of shock has been recently emphasized.1 Thrombosis may develop in any blood vessel and frequently is not recognized because it occurs in vessels which do not serve vital areas or tissues or because the thrombus does not become detached to form an embolus. The sites of formation which are most likely to be recognized clinically are the venous system of the lower extremities, the coronary arteries,2 the cerebral blood vessels and the vessels of the retina. The purpose of this paper is to present a study of the cases of coronary thrombosis and insufficiency resulting from shock which were observed in the Los Angeles County General Hospital from 1942 to 1949.
PRESENT SERIES OF CASES
The case records of 3,365 patients at the Los Angeles County General Hospital with a diagnosis of coronary thrombosis were reviewed.