Transection of the brachial artery after closed posterior elbow dislocation.

Abstract

Although elbow dislocations are common orthopaedic lesions, vascular complications remain rare. We report the cases of three patients who presented with a rupture of the brachial artery after closed posterior dislocation, which is even more uncommon. Arteriograms were performed in all cases because of the persistent absence of pulses at the wrist after emergency reduction. In each patient, the treatment consisted of the insertion of reversed end-to-end saphenous bridges. None of them presented mid-term vascular complications (mean follow-up, 17 months). Brachial artery disruption can result from closed posterior elbow dislocation and responds well to vascular repair.

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@article{Marcheix2005TransectionOT, title={Transection of the brachial artery after closed posterior elbow dislocation.}, author={Bertrand Marcheix and Xavier Chaufour and Jacques Ayel and Lucy Hollington and Pierre Mansat and Andr{\'e} Barret and J P Bossavy}, journal={Journal of vascular surgery}, year={2005}, volume={42 6}, pages={1230-2} }