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Chirurgia 2006 June;19(3):219-21

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Popliteal artery disruption following complete dislocation of the knee

Ihaya A., Takamori A., Morioka K., Sasaki M., Yamada N., Tanabe S., Li W., Tanaka K.

Department of Surgery II University of Fukui Faculty of Medical Science Fukui, Japan


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Complete dislocation of the knee is a rare injury, and is frequently associated with injuries to the popliteal artery. Prompt recognition of associated popliteal artery disruption and early revascularization are paramount for successful and functional results. We report a case in which surgical exploration of the arterial injury and bypass gafting could restore distal pulses to avoid limb loss. Thrombectomy alone is ill-advised because of the frequently associated intimal tear with secondary thrombosis. Surgical exploration is essential in the treatment for this type of injury associated with complete knee dislocation.

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