ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Successful repair of complete popliteal artery rupture due to blunt trauma
Buğra Harmandar1, Necdet Sağlam2, İhsan Özdamar2
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ümraniye Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Ümraniye Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2011.061
Although blunt trauma of the extremities is a common diagnosis in emergency clinics, blunt vascular trauma may be difficult to diagnose in such patients. Time to repair is determinative for the success of vascular repair following vascular trauma. Late diagnosis or repair may result in neurological damage or even the loss of an extremity. This case report presents a 43-year-old male who sustained a blunt trauma to the right lower extremity resulting in the complete rupture of the popliteal artery. Although successful vascular repair with end-to-end anastomosis prevented the loss of the extremity, late diagnosis of the vascular injury caused postoperative mild neurological sequela in this case.
Keywords : Blunt trauma of the extremities; blunt vascular injury; vascular surgery; vascular trauma
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