DURING the course of one year 115 patients with arterial wounds were admitted to a general hospital in a Zone of Communications. The interval between wounding and admission to this hospital was between a few hours and three weeks. All patients had had emergency treatment and many had had definitive treatment by the time they arrived.
The following types of cases are considered in this series: (a) cases of injury to the arteries which control the main blood supply to a limb or
the brain; (b) cases of injury to any artery in addition to the aforementioned which resulted in gangrene, ischemic atrophy or ischemic paralysis; and (c) cases of secondary arterial hemorrhage which needed surgical intervention, regardless of the artery involved. The arteries of the forearm and lower leg below the bifurcations of the brachial and the popliteal arteries are not considered. Injury to one of them alone does