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Surgical management of axillosubclavian vascular injuries

Muhammet Akyuz, Orhan Gokalp, Barcin Ozcem, Sedat Ozcan, Yuksel Besir, Ali Gurbuz


Objective: Complex surgical exposures to upper extremity injuries required for conventional surgery correlate with a high morbidity and mortality. We present our results with conventional surgery following injuries of the subclavian and axillary vessels.

Methods: Between November 2007 and March 2012, 29 cases with subclavian-axillary vascular injury were operated. Diagnostic and treatment methods, associated organ injury, morbidity and mortality rates in these cases were respectively reviewed.

Results: The causes of injuries were stab wounds in 11 cases (37.9%), gunshot wounds in 9 cases (31%), iatrogenic injuries in 5 cases (17.2%) and blunt trauma 4 cases (13.7%). Eight patients (27.5%) had isolated arterial injury while 21 patients (72.4%) had coexisting organ injury (vein, bone, soft tissue, nerve). Primary repair and usage of saphenous vein were the most common surgical methods. One patient died due to myocardial infarction. (Mortality  3.4%)

Conclusions: Vascular injuries of axillosubclavian are  frequently associated with neurogenic, osseous and soft tissue injuries and should have early intervention. Conventional surgery remains the choice of treatment in patients with poor status and urgency.


How to cite this:Akyuz M, Gokalp O, Ozcem B, Ozcan S, Besir Y, Gurbuz A. Surgical management of axillosubclavian vascular injuries. Pak J Med Sci 2015;31(3):552-555.   doi:

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