Delayed manifestation of abdominal aortic stenosis in a child presenting 10 years after blunt abdominal trauma

J Vasc Surg. 2006 Nov;44(5):1104-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2006.06.040.


We report the case of a 13-year-old boy who, at 3 years of age, was a rear seat-restrained passenger in a high-speed motor vehicle crash necessitating segmental small-bowel resection. The patient remained well for 10 years; then he began to have exercise-induced fatigue in his lower extremities. Routine physical examination revealed a bruit and thrill in the mid abdomen and diminished femoral pulses. Aortic stenosis was diagnosed and treated surgically. We discuss the pathophysiology of the lesion and review the literature. This is the first report of abdominal aortic stenosis 10 years after blunt abdominal trauma in a child.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / complications*
  • Abdominal Injuries / diagnosis
  • Adolescent
  • Angioplasty / methods
  • Aorta, Abdominal / diagnostic imaging
  • Aorta, Abdominal / injuries*
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / diagnosis
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / etiology*
  • Arterial Occlusive Diseases / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / complications*
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnosis