Thrombosis of the brachial artery after closed dislocation of the elbow.

Garrigues GE, Patel MB, Colletti TP, Weaver JP, Mallon WJ
J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2009 91 (8): 1097-9

PMID: 19651843 · DOI:10.1302/0301-620X.91B8.21882

The brachial artery is rarely injured after closed dislocation of the elbow. We describe an unusual variation of this injury, namely, a delayed thrombosis of the brachial artery after a closed dislocation sustained during a low-energy fall. This has not previously been described in the English literature, but may be more common than this suggests. We stress the importance of a thorough neurovascular examination and vigilance in regard to this potentially disastrous complication.

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Accidental Falls Brachial Artery Elbow Joint Female Humans Joint Dislocations Middle Aged Radiography Recovery of Function Thrombosis Treatment Outcome

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