International Orthopaedics

, Volume 43, Issue 8, pp 1793–1798 | Cite as

Major emergency orthopaedic surgery in patients with a concomitant acute coronary event following trauma

  • Leo JosephEmail author
  • Rajasekaran Govindarajan
  • Domnic Savio Jesudoss
  • Siju Joseph
Original Paper



This paper is a short series description of our experience with five cases managed surgically for orthopaedic trauma and who suffered meanwhile an acute coronary event.

Materials and methods

Five polytrauma, multiply fractured patients were treated in our institution for various lesions, including an open femur and knee articular fractures, major fractures around the pelvis and hips. They had suffered around the same time an acute coronary event complicating the orthopaedic management. One patient was treated for the orthopaedic condition as a delayed emergency, with a five day retard due to pre-operative pulmonary oedema. Four patients had cardiac evaluation, angiogram or echocardiogram. The patients were managed by a multi-disciplinary team.


One patient died post-operatively due to multiple complications, and four patients survived with a good functional outcome.


Patients with acute orthopaedic polytrauma presenting concomitant acute coronary events should be treated by multi-disciplinary teams, allowing early surgical management in a safe cardio-vascular and stable haemodynamic status.


Orthopaedic trauma Acute coronary event Heart Cardiac ischaemia Myocardial infarction Open fracture Pelvis fracture 



There has been no funding source.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The presentation of this work has been approved by the hospital ethics committee.

Informed consent

Informed consent has been obtained from the patients.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vinodhagan Memorial Hospital and Dr Joseph’s Ortho ClinicThanjavurIndia
  2. 2.Vinodhagan Memorial HospitalThanjavurIndia

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