Research Article| Volume 1, ISSUE 4, P303-313, 1970

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Arterial injuries in civilian surgical practice

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        Ninety-one cases of arterial injury are reviewed.
      • 2.
        Good results are shown to attend early restoration of arterial flow.
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        Early diagnosis or exploration is essential and the time between injury and repair is decisive.
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        Diagnosis is nearly always possible on clinical signs; assume injury is present till proven absent.
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        Persistent ‘arterial spasm’ is an indication to explore the lumen of the artery, when most cases will be found to have an organic obstruction of the vessel.
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        Perform the simplest repair possible but for more extensive defects, autogenous saphenous vein grafts are entirely satisfactory.
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