Repair of a Crossbow Bolt Injury of the Subclavian Artery Behind the Mid-clavicle

Lauren Bruce, Sarah Nelson, Joceline Vu, Amanda P. Bettencourt, Gary A. Vercruysse

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The management of a rare midclavicular crossbow bolt injury to the subclavian artery is discussed. Important concepts include the initial clinical diagnosis, operative planning, the surgical approach to the retro-clavicular great vessels, the technical aspects of repair, and postoperative course. A discussion of the reasoning behind an operative vs. endovascular approach is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1293-1296
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Crossbow
  • exsanguination
  • subclavian injury
  • thoracic trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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