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REVIEW  MANAGEMENT OF DESCENDING THORACIC AORTA DISEASES 

The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2019 June;60(3):289-97

DOI: 10.23736/S0021-9509.19.10909-3

Copyright © 2019 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Is endovascular repair the first choice for all blunt aortic injury? A real-world assessment

Anna N. ROMAGNOLI 1 , Joseph DUBOSE 2

1 R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, MD, USA; 2 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA



Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) represents an infrequently encountered but lethal traumatic injury. Minimal aortic injuries are appropriately treated by medical management, while more severe injuries require endovascular or open repair. Rapidly evolving endovascular technology has largely supplanted open repair as first line operative intervention, however, the complexity of the severely injured blunt trauma patient can complicate management decisions. The development and implementation of an optimal consensus grading system and treatment algorithm for the management of BTAI is necessary and will require multi-institutional study.


KEY WORDS: Aorta, thoracic; Wounds and injuries; Endovascular procedures

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