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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 309-311

Triple blow injury to a limb: Ipsilateral hip and knee dislocation with vascular occlusion

1 Department of Orthopedics, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of CTVS, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Dr. Mantu Jain
106, Mahadev Orchid, Cosmopolis Road, Dumduma, Bhubaneswar - 751 019, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_25_20

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Ipsilateral hip and knee dislocation (double blow) occurring simultaneously during trauma are rare occurrences that are associated with secondary complications. These are high energy injuries that warrant acute emergency management more so if associated with vascular compromise. We encountered a poly trauma patient having a combined right anterior hip and ipsilateral knee dislocation with vascular occlusion at popliteus level apart from associated segmental radius fracture of the left upper limb. This young patient presented after 22 h being referred form elsewhere making the situation critical to the surgical team. An attempted thrombolysis was done but as gangrenous changes started, we ended up in a below knee amputation. This case highlights a typical scenario in a developing country where facilities involving super specialty services are scarce and even patients are complacent about need for emergent referral. All this adds to surgical dilemma as guidelines are unclear for the best treatment.

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