Original communication| Volume 48, ISSUE 5, P879-887, November 1960

Inferior vena cava ligation in the treatment of pulmonary embolism

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      Ligation of the inferior vena cava was employed in the treatment of 20 cases of recurrent pulmonary embolism.
      The criteria for diagnosis and the indications for operation are discussed. The operation is comparatively innocuous and has a low mortality rate.
      Proper postoperative care reduces sequellae to a minimum. A certain percentage of undesirable sequellae is outweighed by the benefits of the correctly indicated operation.
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