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Injury. 1992;23(8):557-9.

Control of life-threatening haemorrhage from the neck: a new indication for balloon tamponade.

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Department of Surgery, Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa.


We report the use of a Foley catheter, placed through the wound, to provide balloon tamponade of major bleeding from the neck and supraclavicular fossae. In 10 consecutive explorations for exsanguinating injury in these regions balloon tamponade was used eight times, and was judged to be fully effective in four patients, partly effective in one, and ineffective in three patients.

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