Vascular problems of the upper extremity: a primer for the orthopaedic surgeon.

Craig S. Phillips, Michael S. Murphy

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A focused history and thorough physical examination, combined with a working knowledge of the normal vascular anatomy, can help identify most vascular abnormalities of the upper extremity. Technologic improvements now allow accurate diagnosis by noninvasive methods. Most abnormalities can be categorized into one of five major diagnostic groups: traumatic, compressive, occlusive, tumoral (malformation), and vasospastic. Behavioral modifications and pharmacologic agents may improve symptoms. Appropriately selected surgical candidates often experience pain relief and functional improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-408
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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