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Brachial artery pseudoaneurysm rupture and repair

Brachial artery pseudoaneurysm rupture and repair



This is a presentation about a Bilateral brachial artery pseudoaneurysm acute rupture and repair with reverse saphenous vein graft.

This is a presentation about a Bilateral brachial artery pseudoaneurysm acute rupture and repair with reverse saphenous vein graft.



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    • Bilateral Brachial Artery Pseudoaneurysm
      W. Thomas McClellan, M.D.
      Duke Hand Club
      Kauai HI
    • Title
      CM is a 42 year-old female who presented to the ED complaining of pulsatile bleeding from a small wound in her left antecubital fossa.
      Patient described a raised, tender “scab” in her left antecubitalfossa which had been present for 3 months. The lesion bled intermittently, but was controllable by application of pressure.
      On the day of presentation, the patient had picked the scab, and blood began “squirting from the area”
    • Past Medical History
      • IV drug abuse
      • Raynaud’s Disease
      • Chronic Pain Syndrome
      • Depression
      • Bilateral sympathectomy and carpal tunnel release 10 years prior
      • Former smoker (20 pack-years)
      • Similar lesion in the right antecubitalfossa (present for 2 months)
    • Physical Exam
      BP: 143/61
      P: 103
      H/H: 11.9/34.4
      Exam of left arm demonstrated no radial or ulnar pulse at the wrist, diminished sensibility in the median nerve distribution, cyanosis of the fingers extending to the MP joint, full ROM of fingers and wrist
      Forearm compartment was soft but tender distal to the mass
      Removal of the pressure dressing placed in the field revealed active arterial bleeding
    • Left PSA
    • Left PSA Bleeding
    • Left PSA Initial Dissection
    • Left PSA Disection
    • Video Left PSA Repair
    • Left PSA Arteriogram Post-op
    • Post-op Left PSA
      H/H fell to 8.1/23.3 – patient transfused 2 units PRBCs
      Intraoperative cultures demonstrated methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, and antibiotics were adjusted accordingly
      Patient met with psychiatrist and drug counselor prior to discharge on POD #3
    • Developed pain on r
      Approximately 2 months after her left pseudoaneurysm repair, CM developed worsening pain, increased finger cyanosis and episodic bleeding from the right side
    • Right hand Pre-op
    • Right PSA Arteriogram
    • Pre-op Right PSA
    • Right PSA Dissected
    • Right PSA Repair
    • What is a pseudoaneurysm?
      Disruption of the vessel wall leading to extravasation of blood which is contained by surrounding tissues
      Penetrating injury most commonly
      Stab wounds, iatrogenic arterial injury, IVDA
      Other causes include infection, connective tissue disease, bacterial endocarditis
      Mechanisms at work in the IV drug user
      Direct trauma, peri-vascular abscess, chemical arteritis
    • Epidemiology
      A study by Tsao et al. estimates the annual prevalence of arterial pseudoaneurysm in IV drug users presenting to the ED to be 0.03%
      Pseudoaneurysm secondary to drug abuse has been reported in the subclavian, axillary, brachial, radial, external iliac, femoral, popliteal, and carotid arteries
      The femoral artery is the most common location, as the groin is a preferred injection site
      One report of Bilateral PSA
    • Sign and Syptoms
      Painful, expanding mass
      Overlying erythema and induration
      Pulsatility, a palpable thrill, or audible bruit
      Loss of pulses and evidence of ischemia in the distal extremity – decreased temperature, pallor, cyanosis
      The triad of infected pseudoaneurysm – pus, blood, and a pulsatile mass – Staph A. most common
      Arterial thrombi may develop in the pseudoaneurysm cavity, giving rise to embolic events distally
    • Diagnosis
      Duplex Ultrasound
      Least invasive method for confirming diagnosis
      Flow within the cavity produces the characteristic “yin-yang” sign
      “to-and-fro” signal at the neck as flow enters and exits during systole and diastole
    • Diagnosis
      CT Angiography
      More invasive, but better for demonstrating arterial anatomy and defining surrounding structures
      Invasive angiography
      Gold standard, particularly for surgical planning
      Most reliable for defining arterial anatomy, anatomic variants, and involvement of other vessels
    • Non-surgical options:
      Simple compression
      Ultrasound-guided compression
      Ultrasound-guided thrombin injection
      Percutaneous coil embolization
      Given the extensive damage and presence of infection often seen in IV drug users, resection of the pseudoaneurysm and removal of infected and necrotic tissue is often required
    • Debate exists over treatment by excision and primary grafting or simple excision and ligation of the brachial artery
      Simple exision and ligation avoids the risks of graft sepsis and hemorrhage, as well as the risk of the patient using the graft for continued drug injection
      75% experience forearm claudication during exericse following brachial artery occlusion
      IV drug users may not have the collateral blood flow necessary to prevent ischemia and gangrene of the extremity
      Patient was showing signs of distal ischemia preoperatively, immediate revascularization was warranted
    • References
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      3. Tsau JW, Marder SR, Goldstone J, Bloom AI. Presentation, diagnosis, and management of arterial mycoticpseudoaneurysms in injection drug users. Ann Vasc Surg. 2002; 16(5): 652-662.
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    • Mahalonuiloa!