J Korean Soc Emerg Med.  2001 Mar;12(1):96-99.

Combined Subclavian Artery and Brachial Plexus Injuries due to Blunt Trauma: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, InHa University College of Medicine, Inchon, Korea. jskimmd@unitel.co.kr
  • 2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, InHa University College of Medicine, Inchon, Korea.


Subclavian artery(SCA) injuries are rare, accounting for only 1 to 2% of all acute vascular injuries. The majority of SCA injuries are occured by motor vehicle accident and by penetrating trauma, only 1 to 5% of all subclavian artery injuries occurred by blunt mechanisms. The incidence of brachial plexus injury is also rare and 60% of brachial plexus injuries induced by blunt injury is occurred by motor vehicle accident. Aggressive diagnostic work-up is recommended for the patients with high suspicious index and repair is essential for the successful management of these rare vascular injuries. We report the experience of one case of combined subclavian artery and brachial plexus injuries due to blunt trauma.


Subclavian artery injury; Brachial plexus injury; Blunt trauma
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