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Minerva Chirurgica 2002 April;57(2):221-4

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Clinical case: post-traumatic thoracic aorta rupture. Considerations on emergency room treatment

Caporrella A., Simoni A., Giardinelli V. A., Longo S., Fini N., Orfanelli R.


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A clinical case of post-traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta at isthmus and descending aorta levels with favourable outcome is reported. Early suspicion of a possible aortic lesion related to the trauma modality which was characterized by sudden deceleration, immediate performance of a CT scan of the thorax with and without contrast medium and careful monitoring of arterial pressure which showed hypotension at controls during the stay in the emergency and radiological rooms, permitted us to opt for conservative treatment of the lesion with satisfactory outcome.

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