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Vascular Trauma in an Auto Accident

Vascular Trauma is an injury to the blood vessels that can happen as a result of trauma such as an auto accident.

Auto accident victims who hit their head or chest on the steering wheel, dashboard, or window may find themselves experiencing pain or numbness in their extremities. These may be symptoms of vascular trauma, a serious condition that can lead to disability or even death if not treated promptly.

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What is Vascular Trauma?

Vascular Trauma is an injury to the blood vessels that can happen as a result of trauma such as an auto accident. It can be caused by blunt force trauma (like hitting your head on the steering wheel), lacerations (cuts), or puncture wounds (from glass or debris). Symptoms of Vascular Trauma include:

  • Bruising or discoloration of the skin
  • Pain or tenderness in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Numbness or tingling
  • A reduced sensation in the affected area
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty moving the affected limb


It’s worth noting that every vascular injury is different and requires a specific diagnosis depending on the individual case. That said, a vascular specialist can easily identify vascular trauma by physical examination alone. Sometimes, however, deeper testing may be required.

For example, an angiogram may be needed to visualize the vessels and assess for damage. Additionally, Duplex ultrasonography can be used to assess blood flow and detect any blockages.

Ultimately, the goal of diagnosis is to identify the extent of the injury and develop a treatment plan accordingly. With proper diagnosis, patients can expect to make a full recovery from even the most severe vascular trauma.

Treatments for Vascular Trauma

Once the diagnosis is complete, treatment can begin. Treatment for vascular trauma will vary depending on the severity of the injury and the individual patient. There are generally three treatment options for Vascular Trauma:

  • Surgical repair is often the first course of treatment for vascular injuries. The surgeon will make an incision in the skin and then sew the damaged vessel together. In some cases, a patch may be used to repair the vessel.
  • Endovascular treatment is less invasive than surgery and can be used to treat both arterial and venous injuries. A catheter is inserted into an artery or vein and then threaded to the injury site. A balloon is then inflated at the site of the injury to stop the flow of blood.
  • Fasciotomy is a surgical procedure that is used to relieve pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. It’s usually done when there is a risk of compartment syndrome.

If you think you may be suffering from Vascular Trauma, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Your doctor will be able to run tests to confirm the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. With early diagnosis and treatment, most people make a full recovery from Vascular Trauma.

Regardless of how you may feel after a car accident, it is always recommended to seek medical attention to ensure prompt treatment of any injuries

St. Louis Auto Accident Attorney

Vascular Trauma can be expensive to treat after an auto accident. To ensure your legal right to compensation from the at-fault party is protected, get in touch with an experienced St. Louis auto accident attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. 24/7 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Updated: September 12, 2022