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Trauma Case Rep. 2019 Jul 29;23:100230. doi: 10.1016/j.tcr.2019.100230. eCollection 2019 Oct.

Bilateral popliteal artery injury: Lessons learned.

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1
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States of America.
2
Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, United States of America.

Abstract

Popliteal artery trauma is reported to have the highest rates of limb loss in peripheral vascular injuries. It can be inferred that morbidity associated with bilateral popliteal artery trauma is worse. However, bilateral popliteal artery injuries are sparsely reported in literature and as such management options are not well defined. Despite the paucity of reported cases, a systematic and deliberate approach to these devastating injuries may result in reproducible limb salvage. We hereby use our case report as a provocateur to this conundrum. Consideration should be given to the utilization of surgical shunts or a two-surgical team and limb salvage attempted till proving the neurovascular bundle irreparable. Arterial grafts should be part of the surgeon's armamentarium. In massive hard to control hemorrhage, tourniquets or resuscitative endovascular occlusion devices (REBOA) may prove lifesaving. Larger studies are needed to define contemporary management and derive management guidelines.

KEYWORDS:

Bilateral popliteal artery injuries; Limb salvage

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