Blunt Thoracic Aortic Injuries: Diagnosis

  • John J. Borsa

Abstract

Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is a life threatening injury that occurs in rapid deceleration injuries (motor vehicle accidents, falls from heights etc.). It is present at autopsy in 12–17% of motor vehicle accident fatalities. Of patients sustaining BTAI, 58–94% fail to make it to the hospital alive. For those patients who survive to the emergency room but are not repaired surgically, rupture occurs in 8% within 1 hour, in 22% within 6 hours, and in 33% within 24 hours. Based on this data, the standard of care of BTAI is prompt, accurate diagnosis followed by surgical repair.

Keywords

Catheter Depression Bonnet Nephrotoxicity Bret 

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