Arterial injury is most commonly seen with penetrating injuries. An arterial disruption in a closed fracture is rare. It has been reported in only 0.3% of long bone fractures. The authors report a case of femoral artery injury in a polytrauma patient associated with a closed femoral fracture. The arterial injury was not apparent until the patient had an above-knee guillotine amputation done to revise his ipsilateral below-knee traumatic amputation, which released the soft-tissue tamponade effect on the leak. Unless the possibility of this injury is kept in mind, above-knee amputation or any other open procedure on a patient with a femoral fracture can cause exsanguination of the patient.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology|
|Publication status||Published - 01-04-2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine