J. R. FOUNTAIN, M.B., M.R.C.P. (Ed.); D. TAVERNER, M.D., M.R.C.P.
Gangrene of the limbs resulting from venous occlusion without arterial obstruction is extremely rare. Haimovici in 19501 summarized the 27 cases then reported in the literature and mentioned another. He emphasized the importance of anatomic confirmation of the patency of the arterial system in establishing the diagnosis. Gangrene was present in one limb only in 23 of the cases he reviewed, and in both lower limbs in the remaining four. Veal et al. in 19512 have described 11 cases of acute massive venous occlusion, confined to one or other of the lower extremities, in which gangrene developed in two instances.
FOUNTAIN JR, TAVERNER D. GANGRENE OF THREE LIMBS RESULTING FROM VENOUS OCCLUSION1. Ann Intern Med. ;44:549–554. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-44-3-549
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;44(3):549-554.
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