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Normal pedal pulses in a popliteal artery thrombosis after a trampoline-associated knee dislocation: a case report
  1. Z Harb1,
  2. A Harb2,
  3. Ishan Kammoona1,
  4. C Huber1
  1. 1West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Z Harb, Trauma & Orthopaedics Core Surgical Trainee 2, West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF, UK; ziadharb{at}doctors.net.uk

Abstract

In lower extremity trauma, it is routine to check the neurovascular status of the affected limb. Failure to recognise a vascular injury can have catastrophic consequences for the patient. The frequent observation of the distal pulses at regular intervals after a traumatic knee dislocation is absolutely mandatory for the early recognition and management of popliteal artery thrombosis. A limb-threatening complication of popliteal artery thrombosis occurring in association with a palpable dorsalis pedis pulse after a trampoline-related knee dislocation is reported here to emphasise some important teaching points. These lessons are a learning tool to help in the early recognition of the potential complications associated with such injuries and thus minimise their occurrence.

  • Emergency care systems
  • emergency departments
  • fractures and dislocations
  • musculo-skeletal
  • trauma

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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