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Upper limb emboli: a reappraisal.
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PMID:  1059395     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Upper limb embolus cannot be regarded as a benign condition, with invariable recovery due to copious collateral circulation. Gangrene of the upper limb may occur, as shown in the series of cases in this report. The overall mortality rate remains considerable, because of associated cardiac disease, recurrent embolism, or both. Emboli proximal to the origin of the profunda brachii artery represent a group associated with higher risk, for which prompt embolectomy is often indicated. In embolism due to subclavian aneurysm and with thrombosis, arterial reconstruction should be undertaken, for multiple recurrence is likely. Long-term anticoagulant therapy is usually required to try to prevent recurrence of embolism if the primary source of the embolus remains.
D J Hodgkinson; G D Tracy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of surgery     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0004-8682     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Surg     Publication Date:  1975 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-01-10     Completed Date:  1976-01-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373115     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Surg     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  139-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arm / blood supply*
Arteriosclerosis / complications
Axillary Artery
Brachial Artery
Collateral Circulation
Embolism / etiology,  mortality,  therapy*
Gangrene / etiology
Heparin / therapeutic use
Middle Aged
Postoperative Care
Subclavian Artery
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