Closed digital artery injury

Bernard P. Luczak, Rory Maher, Ruven Gurfinkel, Lip G. Teh

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Closed digital artery injury with secondary acute ischemia is a rare phenomenon. The most common injury pattern involves a crush mechanism with a resultant transverse fracture in proximity to the interphalangeal joints. Secondary acute ischemia requires urgent surgical exploration with digital arterial repair to avoid necrosis and associated decreased hand function. One should exercise an air of caution when examining significant closed trauma; neurovascular normality should be established by an adequately trained physician. We present a case of closed digital artery injury with secondary acute ischemia and a review of current literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-142
Number of pages4
JournalOchsner Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 20 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Artery
  • Closed
  • Digital injury
  • Ischemia
  • Vascular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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