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Original Article
April 1957

Lumbar Sympathectomy in the Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Diseases: Comparison of Results of Two Series

Author Affiliations

Des Moines, Iowa

From the Department of Surgery, Veterans' Administration Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1957;74(4):596-601. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280100114020

A reevaluation of our results of lumbar sympathectomy in the management of a variety of peripheral vascular diseases appears warranted at this time. Since our last survey and report on this subject in February, 1953, many other reports have appeared in the literature. Some of these have not been as favorable as those reports which had been published from 1946 to 1953.

The purpose of this report is to make a comparison of the two groups of patients with a variety of peripheral vascular diseases treated; the first group was treated during the period from October, 1946, to December, 1951 (Group A), and the second group, from January, 1952, to December, 1955 (Group B).

The primary purpose of a lumbar sympathectomy in patients with the diseases of the peripheral vascular system, included in this study, is to release vasospasm and permit a more adequate development of small, unaffected collateral channels

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