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December 1970

Effect of Sympathectomy on the Severely Traumatized Artery

Author Affiliations

Little Rock, Ark
From the Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock.

Arch Surg. 1970;101(6):704-707. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340300060011

Arterial blood flow in dogs, distal to the site of gunshot injury and repair, was below normal for at least three hours after repair. Concommitant sympathectomy provides a 50% increase in flow across the repair within 40 minutes and a doubling of flow 80 minutes following reconstruction.