Document Type: Original Article(s)
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Department of Radiology, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Dec 2009 were studied. Patients with vascular injuries caused by causes other than tear gas shells were excluded from the study.
Results: All patients were treated with reverse saphenous vein graft as segmental loss was less than 2.5 cm. Wound infection was the most common complication, followed by graft occlu-sion. Amputation rate was 16.66%. Associated nerve injury occurred in 44.44% of the patients.
Conclusion: Tear gas shell injuries should not be taken lightly. They can cause injuries as serious as vascular injuries. Vascular injuries cased by tear gas shells require prompt re-vascularisation to improve limb salvage. Despite proper revascularisation, patients have significant morbidity and need proper rehabilitation in the follow ups.