Acute arterial thrombosis in the very young

Elliot L. Chaikof, Thomas F. Dodson, Atef A. Salam, Alan B. Lumsden, Robert B. Smith

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The case records of all infants under the age of 6 months who underwent surgery for acute arterial thrombosis between January 1980 and September 1991 were reviewed. Seven infants (nine ischemic limbs) were identified and ranged in age from 5 days to 5 1 2 months (mean 2.4 months); all weighed less than 5 kg (mean 3.9 kg). The cause in each case was iatrogenic. Diagnosis was based on the presence of a cool, mottled extremity associated with the absence of insonated peripheral arterial Doppler signals. Treatment included aortoiliac thrombectomy (n = 2), femoral artery thrombectomy with primary closure (n = 4), femoral artery thrombectomy with autogenous saphenous vein patch (n = 1), and axillary artery thrombectomy with end-to-end anastomosis (n = 1). Palpable pulses were restored in five (56%) of nine limbs and Doppler signals in the remaining limbs. There were no instances of limb loss. Excluding aortoiliac thrombectomy, palpable peripheral pulses were reestablished in only 40% of extremities. Thrombectomy is a safe and simple procedure in even the very youngest of patients with arterial insufficiency, but surgical optimism should be tempered by frequent inability to achieve full and durable success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-435
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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