Parameters of multiple organ dysfunction fail to predict secondary amputation following limb salvage in multiply traumatized patients

A SeekampH Tscherne


The purpose of this retrospective analysis was to evaluate whether systemic parameters that are used to characterize multiple organ dysfunction could also be used to predict the optimal time for amputation in patients failing limb salvage surgery following severe extremity injury. The principal criterion for the study group was a lower limb amputation following a type IIIb or IIIc open tibial shaft fracture in multiply traumatized patients. This group was then divided into one group of primary amputation (group A) and one group of secondary amputation (group B). Beside these groups a third group of total traumatic lower limb amputation was recruited (group C). Data analysis included demographics, injury severity according to the ISS, evaluation of the limb injury by three different salvage scores (HFS, MESS and NISSSA) and organ function monitoring by the Denver MOD Score over a 14-day period posttrauma or up to 7 days after secondary amputation. Within the period 1987-1997 a total of 15 patients were recruited for group A (primary amputation), 10 patients for group B (secondary amputation) and nine patients for group C (traumatic amputation). The MOD score was only positive for pulmonary dysfunction, also reflected by the Horo...Continue Reading


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