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West J Emerg Med. 2014 Mar;15(2):145-8. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2013.12.18223.

Popliteal artery injury associated with blunt trauma to the knee without fracture or dislocation.

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1
Erzurum Palandoken State Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Erzurum, Turkey.
2
Hand Microsurgery Orthopaedic Traumatology (EMOT) Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.
3
Mugla Sitki Kocman University of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Mugla, Turkey.
4
Izmir Tepecik Education and Research Hospital, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Turkey.

Abstract

Popliteal artery injuries are frequently seen with fractures, dislocations, or penetrating injuries. Concern about arterial injury and early recognition of the possibility of arterial injury is crucial for the salvage of the extremity. This article provides an outline of the diagnostic challenges related to these rare vascular injuries and emphasizes the necessity for a high level of suspicion, even in the absence of a significant penetrating injury, knee dislocation, fracture, or high-velocity trauma mechanism. The importance of a detailed vascular examination of a blunt trauma patient is emphasized.

PMID:
24672601
PMCID:
PMC3966444
DOI:
10.5811/westjem.2013.12.18223
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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