Popliteal artery injuries associated with knee dislocation. Three cases treated with successful outcome

P. G. Settembrini, G. Spreafico, P. Zannini

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Abstract

Knee dislocation is an uncommon lesion. It is, however, frequently associated with injury to surrounding structures. The possible coexistence of trauma of the popliteal artery is a serious threat to the limb's integrity. Its incidence is high (about one-third of the cases) and, unless speedily discovered and treated, it leads to limb loss. Three cases of knee dislocation with combined injury to the popliteal artery underwent surgery successfully. On the basis of such experience, the authors survey the questions of vascular reconstructive surgery that still remain open: in particular, the delay in diagnosis, when and if to use angiography, the type of vascular reconstruction, the maximum delay in revascularization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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