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J Surg Res. 2009 May 1;153(1):162-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2008.03.006. Epub 2008 Apr 9.

Pediatric peripheral vascular injuries: a review of our experience.

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Department of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study evaluated peripheral vascular injuries in a pediatric trauma population to identify injury patterns, to identify diagnostic and therapeutic modalities used, and to understand the role of pediatric surgical subspecialists.

METHODS:

A retrospective review of children treated for trauma between 2000 and 2006 at a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center was performed. Patients with vascular injury were identified through an institutional trauma registry.

RESULTS:

There were 42 vascular injuries identified during the study period. The average age was 9.8 years, with 64% occurring in males. The mechanism of injury was almost equally distributed between penetrating (55%) and blunt (45%) trauma. Forty-eight percent of patients had an associated fracture. Seventeen diagnostic angiograms were performed. Ninety-eight percent of patients were taken to the operating room for definitive management of one or more of their trauma injuries. Sixty-seven percent underwent operative management specifically for their vascular injury. Twenty-six percent of patients were diagnosed with vasospasm, and all were conservatively managed. Of the 42 patients, 23% were managed by pediatric surgeons, 43% by extremity specialists (orthopedic or plastic surgeons), and 29% by adult vascular surgeons.

CONCLUSIONS:

Pediatric traumatic vascular injuries are associated with a higher rate of penetrating trauma than other pediatric trauma and have a relatively high rate of operative intervention. Diagnosis and treatment of pediatric vascular injuries can be made difficult by a high rate of vasospasm. Additionally, traumatic vascular injuries in the pediatric population present a unique challenge in the overlap of their management by many different surgical subspecialists.

PMID:
18541266
DOI:
10.1016/j.jss.2008.03.006
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