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Vascular injuries after bear attacks: Incidence, surgical challenges and outcome

Author(s): Wani Mohd | Ahangar Abdul | Lone Gh | Lone Reyaz | Ashraf Hakeem | Dar Abdul | Bhat M | Singh Shyam | Bijli Akram | Irshad Ifat

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 20;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Bear maul | saphenous vein | vascular injury

Background : Bear mauling is rarely reported in medical literature due to its rare occurrence. Present study was undertaken to describe the pattern and management of bear maul vascular injuries in Kashmir. Methods : Study of patients with bear maul vascular injury from 1st Jan 2004 to 31st Dec. 2008. Fifteen patients with bear maul vascular injury were studied. All patients of bear maul without vascular injury were excluded from the study. Results : Most of the patients were treated by reverse saphenous vein graft or end to end anastomosis. Most common complication was wound infection (20%) followed by graft occlusion (13.33%). There was no operative death. Conclusion : Bear attacks are very common in Kashmir. Vascular injury due to bear maul needs prompt resuscitation and revascularization. Results are very good provided timely intervention for revascularization is done.
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