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Isolated axillary artery injury due to blunt trauma.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17682958     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The intimal damage of the axillary artery due to an acute, single blunt trauma is very rare without concomitant bone, brachial plexus, venous and soft tissue injuries. Early diagnosis and appropriate management of the arterial injury is essential to avoid permanent disability. The clinical signs are usually occult and do not become manifest until a long ischemic interval following injury, owing to the extensive collateral network. A twenty-year-old male patient had injured his left arm in a hyperabduction and hyperextension position while he was carrying a refrigerator with his arm. An increase in the intensity of pain and numbness reappeared in his left arm 1.5 months after the trauma. Digital subtraction angiography of the axillary artery performed after his hospitalization showed an occlusion of the axillary artery and no reconstitution of distal part of the occlusion via collateral vessels. During the operation, the axillary and brachial arteries were bypassed with a saphenous graft. As shown in this case report, in the early period after blunt trauma of the upper limb, progressive signs of vascular compromise may disappear because of collateral circulation even if the distal pulses are absent. Then an angiography of the upper limb becomes essential for correct diagnosis and treatment. This is our second experience. On the basis of our first experience that was reported, in such a chronic case, oral anticoagulation must be carried out at least six months whenever a graft thrombosis after revascularization is encountered.
Mehmet Oç; Murat Güvener; Halil Ibrahim Uçar; Birkan Akbulut; Mustafa Yilmaz; Unsal Ersoy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ulusal travma ve acil cerrahi dergisi = Turkish journal of trauma & emergency surgery : TJTES     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1306-696X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg     Publication Date:  2007 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-08     Completed Date:  2007-09-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101274231     Medline TA:  Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg     Country:  Turkey    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  145-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Axillary Artery / injuries*,  surgery
Diagnosis, Differential
Injury Severity Score
Saphenous Vein / transplantation*
Vascular Surgical Procedures
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnosis*,  pathology,  surgery*

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