Injury to the popliteal vessels: the Lebanese war experience

World J Surg. 1992 Nov-Dec;16(6):1156-9. doi: 10.1007/BF02067087.


Our experience with 118 patients who underwent surgery for a total of 178 popliteal vessels injuries is reported. Forty-nine per cent had injury to both artery and vein and 44% had associated bony fractures. Fourteen patients subsequently needed amputation for a rate of 11.9%. There were no deaths. Delay in repair (> 6 hours from injury), associated fractures, and a shocked condition resulted in increased limb loss. Arterial as well as venous repair, external skeletal fixation, and fasciotomy when necessary lead to improved limb salvage.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Amputation, Surgical
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery
  • Humans
  • Lebanon
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Popliteal Artery / injuries*
  • Popliteal Artery / surgery
  • Popliteal Vein / injuries*
  • Popliteal Vein / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors
  • Warfare*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery