Self-inflicted finger cold injury leading to amputation: Report of a case
A cold injury can result in devastating outcomes, leading to significant morbidity and loss of distal extremities. Amputations are common after severe frostbite injuries with delayed presentation, often mediated by post-injury arterial thrombosis. Ischemic injuries are managed according to the ischemia time. The most controversial aspect of treating a salvage injury is the time of surgical intervention, which used to be based on the previous management dogma freeze in January, amputate in July. Recently, the paradigm has shifted to early surgical management if the level of viability of the deep structure can be ascertained using 99mTc pertechnetate scintigraphy (99mTc bone scans). We present a case of a finger amputation resulting from a cold injury secondary to a crush injury.
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