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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 329-331

Recurrent peripheral embolism following nonunion of the clavicle

1 Department of Vascular Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Viju Daniel Varghese
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Unit 3, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5413.132530

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Vascular complications in closed clavicular fractures are uncommon, with an incidence of only 0.4%. Subclavian artery injury can present acutely or can have a delayed presentation with arm ischemia. We report the case of an undetected subclavian pseudoaneurysm in a patient with a nonunion fracture clavicle who was referred with persistent ischemia following attempted brachial embolectomy at another center, along with a review of literature to support the hypothesis that in addition to repair of the aneurysm, treatment of the psuedarthrosis by fixation of the clavicle is essential.

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