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March 1956

Femoral Artery Embolectomy: Report of Six Cases

Author Affiliations

Newport News, Va.; Hempstead, N. Y.
Meadowbrook Hospital, Hempstead, N. Y.; Surgical Resident (Dr. Frank), Junior Surgical Attendant (Dr. Zaino), Senior Surgical Attendant (Dr. Brown).

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;72(3):415-420. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01270210045007

Peripheral artery embolization, while relatively uncommon, is a medical and surgical emergency in which time is of the essence. The difference between prompt action and unnecessary delay may mean the saving of a limb instead of a needless amputation. Therefore, although peripheral emboli are relatively uncommon, it is essential that every physician and surgeon keep continuously mindful of the condition and its proper handling. The role of the family physician who first sees such a patient is obviously paramount.

Multiple embolism is not rare, but sucessful removal of successive emboli from the same vessel has not often been reported. McGarrity and Robinson1 report three embolectomies in a 42-year-old woman, one in the left femoral artery and two in the right common femoral artery.

Scott and Williams2 have reported three embolectomies in one young man suffering from subacute bacterial endocarditis. Two of these were lodgments at the left common