Journal Article

Occult closed posterior elbow dislocation with intimal rupture of the brachial artery in a 71-year-old male

Naji Abdallah Dabboussi, Riad Rifaat Fakih, Talal Adnan Kassar and Houssam Khodor Abtar

in Journal of Surgical Case Reports

Volume 2014, issue 12
Published online December 2014 | e-ISSN: 2042-8812 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jscr/rju140

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Posterior elbow dislocation with vascular injury is rarely encountered, but it is crucial for every emergency physician to diagnose it. Missing these injuries can result in neurovascular compromise, which in turn can lead to limb ischemia, compartment syndrome and potential limb loss. Having a normal X-ray on presentation makes this injury more difficult to diagnose. In this study, we present a case of occult posterior elbow dislocation with an intimal injury of the brachial artery. The rarity of these cases, the diagnostic modalities and the treatment options will be reviewed.

Journal Article.  1187 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Vascular Surgery

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