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Chirurgia 2006 August;19(4):275-7

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Acute upper extremity ischemia due to hematoma compression after physiotherapy

Klonaris C., Katsargyris A., Vourliotakis G., Georgopoulos S., Liasis N., Bakoyiannis C., Giannopoulos A.

1st Department of Surgery Vascular Division Athens University Medical School, Athens, Greece


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Closed injury is an uncommon cause of acute upper extremity ischemia. We describe an extremely rare case involving acute right upper extremity ischemia due to brachial artery compression by an injury hematoma caused during a physiotherapy session because of back pain problems in a 64-year-old woman. Normal blood flow was reestablished with hematoma evacuation and decompression of the brachial artery. Post-operative power Doppler ultrasound didn’t show any significant remaining stenosis. The artery remains patent after 6 months. To date no similar case has been reported.

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