Thoracic aortic injury

Semin Vasc Surg. 2000 Dec;13(4):345-52.


Most traumatic aortic injuries are the result of penetrating causes, whereas blunt aortic injury is less common. The initial treatment is determined by the patient's condition. Diagnostic studies include catheter arteriography, computed tomography, and transesophageal echo cardiography. This article summarizes the initial evaluation and management of patients with an aortic injury and describes the various treatment options such as delayed selective management, endovascular solutions, and surgical repair.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aorta, Thoracic / injuries*
  • Aorta, Thoracic / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy