Original communication Society for Vascular Surgery| Volume 26, ISSUE 1, P30-40, July 1949

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The early results of sympathectomy in far-advanced arteriosclerotic peripheral vascular disease

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        1. The early results of 63 patients submitted to lumbar sympathectomy for far-advanced obliterative arteriosclerotic vascular disease have been presented.
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        2. Follow-up studies over a two and one-half year period reveal that 70 per cent of the group obtained some measure of alleviation of symptoms following operation.
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        3. Indications for, and contraindications to, sympathectomy in this group of patients have been presented and discussed. It is not possible to establish indications for operation by statistical methods. Great care must be exercised in choice of patients if good results are to be consistently obtained.
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        4. The deleterious effects of sympathectomy for arteriosclerotic vascular insufficiency have been noted and discussed.
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