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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.


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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