2003, Number 4
An Med Asoc Med Hosp ABC 2003; 48 (4)
Rojas GA, Cervantes J, Decanini A, Hernández B
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ABSTRACTIn a historical review since 1784 when John Hunter performed the first ligature of the femoral vein for suppurative thrombophlebitis, up to date; have been 220 years, during which numerous changes in the techniques of vein cava interruption have ocurred, from the ligature, till today with the development of temporal or removable filters. The authors present their experience of 34 years with the surgical interruption of the vein cava for the treatment or prophylaxis of pulmonary embolism. Initially from 1969 to 1988 with the Adams-DeWeese clip in 103 patients and later from 1987 to 2003 with the three generations of the Greenfield filter in 198 patients.