Journal «Angiology and Vascular Surgery» • 

2011 • VOLUME 17 • №4

The world's fist successful closure of the woundof the ascending aorta. Russian priority

Soroka V.V., Nikonova N.V.
Department of Emergency Cardiology and Vascular Surgery St. Petersburg Scientific Research Institute for Ambulance Care named after I.I. Dzhanelidze, St. Petersburg, Russia

The year of 1896 became the starting point in the development of cardiovascular surgery, since it was just then that Ludwig Rhen was the first in the world to have performed a successful closure of a right-ventricle wound, thus opening up the era of active surgical policy in heart wounds. However, tangible progress in surgical management of intrathoracic vessels was made later on. One of the important stages of this trend was a successful closure of an ascending-aorta wound performed by I.I. Dzhanelidze in 1913. It was not only the world's first successful operation performed in a traumatic lesion of the ascending aorta but also apf intervention giving rise to further development of surgery in this field. The present-day notions concerning surgical policy in traumatic lesions of intrathoracic vessels are based on the experience of prominent and outstanding surgeons of the 20th century.

The material for this publication was I.I. Dzhanelidze's article entitled «A case of ascending- aorta wound closure» and published in 1916.

KEY WORDS: history of medicine, ascending-aorta wounds, traumatic lesions of intrathoracic vessels, I.I. Dzhanelidze.

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