Arm ischemia in a 4-year-old boy with supracondylar fracture of the humerus due to constraining bands over the brachial artery

Keyuree Satam*, Anand Brahmandam, Michael Leslie, Tomer Avraham, Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar

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Abstract

Supracondylar humerus fractures are common in children and can compromise the brachial artery in 5% to 15% of cases. A 4-year-old boy with a left supracondylar fracture developed upper extremity ischemia after pinning of the fracture. Computed tomography angiography revealed cutoff of flow in the brachial artery. Intraoperatively, he was found to have bands tethering the artery into the fracture, obstructing the blood flow. The orthopedic pins were removed, and the constraining bands were lysed to free the artery, with reconstitution of flow confirmed by intraoperative angiography. The fracture was reduced and stabilized, and the patient recovered well with normal arterial flow on follow-up ultrasound after 3 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101218
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations and Techniques
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2023

Keywords

  • Arterial entrapment
  • Brachial artery
  • External fixation
  • Pediatric vascular surgery
  • Supracondylar fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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