Small Blood-Vessel Anastomosis for Salvage of Severely Injured Upper Extremity

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1. Four cases of devascularized upper extremities are presented. In two the extremity was nearly amputated. Vein and artery reconstitution was accomplished with successful results.2. The factors influencing thrombosis of vessels are discussed.3. Additional experimental studies to perfect anastomosis of vessels as small as one millimeter are indicated. Techniques learned could be applied to the treatment of devascularized or amputated digits.

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