Traumatic forequarter amputations are rare injuries in which the arm, clavicle, scapula, and proximal shoulder muscles are avulsed from the body. Historically, forequarter amputation has been treated with hemorrhage control, wound debridement, and soft tissue coverage. To our knowledge, successful forequarter replantation has not been previously reported. We present a rare case of forequarter amputation treated successfully with replantation. At the 4.5-year follow-up after replantation, the patient had antigravity elbow flexion, modest shoulder elevation, modest extrinsic finger function, and crude sensation. We discuss relevant technical considerations that indicate that, despite challenges, forequarter replantation can be achieved with success.
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Published online: September 21, 2021
Received for publication November 6, 2020; accepted in revised form July 16, 2021.
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