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Axillary artery injury associated with proximal humerus fractures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18690595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Penetrating trauma is the primary cause of upper extremity vascular injury almost in 95% of cases. Blunt trauma due to traffic or industrial accidents and falls account for the remaining 5% to 10%. However axillary artery injury from blunt trauma to the shoulder is extremely rare. The location of the axillary artery, surrounded by the bones and muscles of the shoulder girdle, explains the low incidence of trauma suffered by this arterial segment. But its anatomical proximity to the humeral head makes it quite vulnerable to blunt trauma during shoulder injury. Herein we report two cases of axillary artery injury after proximal humerus fracture, discussing their diagnosis and management.
G Mouzopoulos; N Lassanianos; D Mouzopoulos; M Tzurbakis; I Georgilas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  VASA. Zeitschrift für Gefässkrankheiten     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0301-1526     ISO Abbreviation:  VASA     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-11     Completed Date:  2008-10-16     Revised Date:  2012-10-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0317051     Medline TA:  Vasa     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  274-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Orthopaedic Department of Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Accidental Falls*
Anastomosis, Surgical
Axillary Artery / injuries*,  radiography,  surgery
Fascia / surgery
Fracture Fixation, Internal
Middle Aged
Saphenous Vein / transplantation
Shoulder Fractures / complications*,  etiology,  surgery
Treatment Outcome
Vascular Surgical Procedures
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*,  etiology,  surgery

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