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Traumatic rupture of the ascending aorta and aortic valve following blunt chest trauma



Traumatic rupture of the ascending aorta and aortic valve following blunt chest trauma



Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 73(2): 208-211



Traumatic rupture of the aorta at the level of the isthmus is a well-recognized injury following blunt chest trauma. By contrast, rupture of the ascending aorta and of the aortic valve in a road traffic accident is rare and does not appear to have been previously reported. The occurrence of such an injury in a 56-year-old man involved in a road traffic accident is reported. The diagnosis was made preoperatively following aortography and successful surgical correction involved aortic valve replacement with resection and grafting of the damaged area of the ascending aorta. The probable mechanisms involved in the production of this unusual injury are discussed.

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