Death after closed adolescent knee injury and popliteal artery occlusion: a case report and clinical review.
- Author(s): Reid, Jeremy J;
- Kremen, Thomas J;
- Oppenheim, William L
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1941738113498068
A healthy adolescent male soccer player sustained a radiograph-negative, effusion-negative physeal injury of the proximal tibia from a ground-level fall with traumatic occlusion of the popliteal artery. Orthopaedic evaluation and arteriography were delayed for 72 hours after the injury. He arrived at a tertiary referral center in multisystem organ failure secondary to lower extremity ischemic necrosis, septic pulmonary thromboembolism, and systemic shock. Emergent medical evaluation, a high index of suspicion, and a careful neurovascular examination are imperative after every closed knee injury in the young athlete.