Penetrating injuries of the vertebral artery are not common. Although surgical control of this type of injury is well-documented, the combined approach (surgery and packing for temporary control of bleeding, followed by angiography and embolization for permanent control) is now recognized and practiced. We describe a 40-year-old man who was stabbed in the neck. He was rushed to the operating theater in hemorrhagic shock. A vertebral artery injury was identified and packed. Angiography and embolization permanently controlled the bleeding. The combined approach is safe and we recommend it in those in whom bleeding from the vertebral artery is initially well controlled with packing.
|Pages (from-to)||274-276, 326|
|State||Published - Oct 2000|