Objectives: to evaluate the use of endovascular occlusion in the treatment
of arterial trauma.
Methods: records of patients with penetrating arterial injuries treated by
endovascular occlusive techniques were culled from the computerized databas
e of the vascular service.
Results: the study period spanned 7 years. Forty-two patients were studied
with injuries to the cervicofacial vessels (24), lower limb (16) and upper
limb (1). 13 had an arteriovenous fistula. There were 4 failures. In 2 cann
ulation was not achieved and in 2 with A-VF distal vessel occlusion was imp
ossible. Two patients developed complications. In the remainder, treatment
was effective and durable.
Conclusion: this treatment modality is effective and safe in the treatment
of penetrating trauma in selected patients.