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Twenty-two extremities with segmental femoral artery obstruction were treated by blood vessel graft. Operation was successful in sixteen extremities with resulting relief of intermittent claudication and healing of ischemic lesions. The incidence of success was decidedly greater with arterial homografts than with venous autografts. Late thrombosis was observed in one of eleven successful arterial homografts and one of five successful venous autografts.
The indications for, techniques of, and sequelae following this surgery are described.
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☆This work was supported in part by a research grant from the National Heart Institute, United States Public Health Service.
☆☆Read at the eighth annual meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery, San Francisco, June 20, 1954.
© 1955 Published by Elsevier Inc.