01.08.2013 | Original Article
Management of chronic traumatic arteriovenous fistula of the lower extremities
K. M. Yousuf, A. R. Bhagwani, N. Bilal
European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery
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A 10-year retrospective study between January 2002 and May 2012 was conducted. We studied 30 patients with post-traumatic AVF of the lower limbs.
All 30 cases were due to penetrating injuries, either by gun shots or bomb blasts. All of the patients were treated surgically, except for one patient who was treated with a covered stent. The interval between surgery and presentation ranged from 6 months to 20 years. All patients had complete obliteration of the fistulous tract and there was no recurrence and no post-operative mortality.
Long-standing traumatic AVF is becoming common in Pakistan. Surgery remains the standard treatment.