Original communication Society for Vascular Surgery| Volume 33, ISSUE 2, P256-267, February 1953

An evaluation of lumbar sympathectomy in two hundred consecutive cases of peripheral vascular disorders

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        1. Two hundred consecutive cases in which lumbar sympathectomies were performed have been analyzed.
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        2. All of seventy-eight patients who received the operation for vasospastic disorders were improved.
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        3. Eighty-two per cent of twenty-two victims of thromboangiitis obliterans were improved.
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        4. Seventy-six per cent of one hundred arteriosclerotics were improved.
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        5. Causes for unsatisfactory results in the remaining twenty-four arteriosclerotics were reviewed, and criteria have been suggested by which patients may be selected for sympathectomy.
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        6. Six cases of thrombosis of the terminal aorta and/or common iliac arteries (Leriche's syndrome) have been presented, with satisfactory results following sympathectomy in five.
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