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V38N8: Vascular Surgery, Part III

Baumann Kreuziger LM, Morton CT, Dries DJ. New anticoagulants: A concise review. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;73(4):983-992.

The authors provide a clear and useful review of the newer, nonheparin anticoagulant agents. Indications, dosages, and complications are noted.

Casey ET, Murad MH, Zumaeta-Garcia M, et al. Treatment of acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis. J Vasc Surg. 2012;55(5):1463-1473.

Casey and coauthors review the management of deep venous thrombosis involving the proximal veins of the lower extremity.

Darwood RJ, Theivacumar N, Dellagrammaticas D, et al. Randomized clinical trial comparing endovenous laser ablation with surgery for the treatment of primary great saphenous varicose veins. Br J Surg. 2008;95(3):294-301.

This article reports a prospective randomized trial than confirms the value of laser ablation of varicose veins compared with open operation for this condition.

De Martino RR, Goodney PP, Spangler EL, et al. Variation in thromboembolic complications among patients undergoing commonly performed cancer operations. J Vasc Surg. 2012;55(4):1035-1040 e1034. Free full-text

De Martino and coauthors clearly provide the varying levels of risk for postoperative deep venous thrombosis in patients undergoing operation for malignant disease. The article provides a basis for risk assessment in this patient group.

Konstantinidis A, Inaba K, Dubose J, et al. Vascular trauma in geriatric patients: a national trauma databank review. J Trauma. 2011;71(4):909-916.

This article presents data from a large national trauma registry. The data confirm important differences in location and outcomes of vascular injuries in older patients.

Lee WA, Matsumura JS, Mitchell RS, et al. Endovascular repair of traumatic thoracic aortic injury: clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery. J Vasc Surg. 2011;53(1):187-192.

This article reviews recommendations for endovascular management of traumatic thoracic aortic injury.

Meissner MH, Eklof B, Smith PC, et al. Secondary chronic venous disorders. J Vasc Surg. 2007;46 Suppl S:68S-83S.

Meissner and coauthors provide a clear review of secondary venous disorders including postthrombotic syndrome and venous ulceration.

Subramanian A, Vercruysse G, Dente C, et al. A decade's experience with temporary intravascular shunts at a civilian level I trauma center. J Trauma. 2008;65(2):316-324; discussion 324-326.

This article provides data from a single, busy, urban Level 1 trauma center. Similar to experience reported from combat medical care units, vascular shunts have value in the management of vascular injuries in the extremities.