World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 1389–1396

Penetrating Extremity Trauma

Surgical Symposium Contribution


Penetrating extremity trauma (PET) usually becomes less important when present along with multiple truncal injuries. The middle eastern wars documented the terrible mortality and morbidity resulting from PET. Even in civilian trauma, PET can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. There are now well-established principles in the evaluation and management of vascular, bony, soft tissue, and neurologic lesions that will lead to a reduction of the poor outcomes. This review will summarize some of these recent concepts.

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© Société Internationale de Chirurgie 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Trauma, Department of SurgeryVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Trauma and Critical CareDepartment of Surgery, Universidad del ValleCaliColombia

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