Multiple-level Replantation in Elderly Patients: Risk Versus Benefit

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Abstract

Summary:

Multiple-level amputations of the upper extremity represent a surgical challenge generally only attempted in young patients. This case demonstrates a successful replantation in an elderly woman. The postoperative course was complicated by disseminated intravascular coagulopathy most likely due to inadequate resuscitation. Hand trauma is often underestimated in its general severity. Upper extremity amputations need to be handled similar to polytraumatized patients.

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