[A rare complication after Velpeau bandage: hemopneumothorax].

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Yeginsu A., Ergin M., Gürlek K.

Ulusal travma ve acil cerrahi dergisi = Turkish journal of trauma & emergency surgery : TJTES, vol.19, pp.274-6, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Velpeau bandage is a treatment method that fixes the arm to the body in cases of fractures and dislocations at the region of shoulder. Velpeau bandage very rarely leads to complications. This case report involves a 45-year-old male admitted to the emergency service after trauma. Glenoid and multiple rib fractures were detected in radiological examinations. A transient Velpeau bandage was performed before surgical correction. Patient had dyspnea and chest pain 24 hours after bandage application. An obvious displacement at the rib fracture sites and hemopneumothorax were seen in the chest X-ray. A chest tube was inserted into the patient. Glenoid fracture was corrected surgically. Patient was discharged On the sixth day. He has no problems at readmission after the first month.