Upper Limb Ischemia in Preterm Infant Leading to Autoamputation of Hand – a Case Report

Upper Limb Ischemia in Preterm Infant Leading to Autoamputation of Hand – a Case Report

Karandeep singh ,Sarataj Singh, Amarjit Singh

Baba Farid University of Health and Sciences Faridkot , Punjab, India

Acute limb ischemia(ALI) in a paediatric patient is a rare condition but may result in limb loss and life long complications. We present here a case of a 34 weeks premature infant, with birth weight 1530 grams, who was having respiratory distress at time of birth. Infant was referred to advanced pediatric center for further management, where he was kept in neonatal ICU. He was put on C-PAP and oxygen support and an infant feeding tube for feeding. On 21st day infant developed ischemia of the right upper limb. Color Doppler flow study was done which revealed thrombosed right radial and ulnar artery and biphasic flow in brachial artery. He was put on low molecular weight heparin and was advised referral to higher center for further management. Patient developed dry gangrene of right hand and wrist resulting in the autoamputation of the hand and wrist after a period of 15 day from development of gangrene. In order to prevent such complications there should well trained staff to detect early ischemic changes in the limb so that timely treatment can be started and the long term chronic complications can be prevented.

Keywords: Premature infant, Acute limb ischemia, Gangrene, Complications.

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Karandeep singh ,Sarataj Singh, Amarjit Singh. Upper Limb Ischemia in Preterm Infant Leading to Autoamputation of Hand – a Case Report. International Journal of Case Reports, 2021 5:253. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2021-09-1706


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