oa South African Medical Journal - Post-traumatic arterial spasm : a report of 17 cases



Arterial spasm may be a transient affair with no ill-effect. Transient arterial spasm may be sufficiently vicious while it lasts to produce irreparable damage to tissues. Arterial spasm may be associated with an acute painful syndrome. This association appear to be one of cause and effect. Arterial spasm may be prolonged, and in this case it may or may not be associated with evidence of an occlusive vascular Iesion. Spasm of collateral vessels is all-important in these cases.


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