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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2009 Aug;91(8):1097-9. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.91B8.21882.

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

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  • 1Duke University Medical Centre, Box 3000, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA. garri016@mc.duke.edu

Abstract

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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