James F Tretter

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BACKGROUND The use of permanent inferior vena cava filters (IVCFs) offers protection against pulmonary embolism (PE) but increases the long-term risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and does not affect long-term mortality. The use of retrievable IVCFs in trauma patients offers the dual advantage of protection against PE during the risk period and the option(More)
BACKGROUND Trauma patients are at increased risk for developing venous thromboembolic (VTE) disease. The EAST (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma) practice management guidelines identified risk factors for VTE, as well as indications for prophylactic inferior vena cava filters (IVCF). In a 2009 study, our institution found a 26% retrieval rate(More)
The endovascular technique has been recently used as an alternative procedure for selected patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (RAAA) as a result of the potential for decreasing morbidity, mortality, and recovery time. We examined our institution's results with endovascular repair of RAAA. Between July 2005 and April 2006, four patients(More)
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