Occult femoral artery injury in a case of closed fracture of the femur revealed during guillotine above-knee amputation: A case report

A. J.Shyam Kumar, Dominic Power, Vishnu Prasad, Ian Sargeant

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-46
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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