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Trendelenburg's operation I

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Operative removal of emboly in a. pulmonalis in severe pulmonary emboly. The operation has high lethality. Today embolectomy is performed using a heart-lung machine, particularly when there is contraindication for thrombolysis.

Pulmonary embolectomy was first successfully performed by Martin Kirschner (1879-1942) on March 18, 1924.


  • F. Trendelenburg:
    Ueber die operative Behandlung der Embolie der Lungenarterie.
    Verhandlungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Chirurgie, Berlin, 1908, 37. Congress: 89-103.
    Archiv für klinische Chirurgie, Berlin, 1908, 86: 686-700.
  • M. B. Kirschner:
    Ein durch die Trendelenburgsche Operation geheilter Fall von Embolie der Art. pulmonalis.
    Archiv für klinische Chirurgie, Berlin, 1924, 133: 312-359.
We thank Rudolf Kleinert, Bad Reichenhall, Germany, for information submitted.

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