Approaches to trauma involving the major vessels of the thorax

Surg Clin North Am. 1989 Feb;69(1):77-91. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(16)44737-7.


Thoracic great vessel injury accounts for a significant amount of the acute mortality rate from trauma. Early recognition permits early repair, usually best accomplished by the simplest yet most effective technique. Use of prosthetic material is encouraged. Cardiopulmonary bypass, hypothermia, and shunts are rarely required.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aorta / injuries*
  • Blood Vessels / injuries*
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Humans
  • Thoracic Injuries / complications*
  • Thoracic Injuries / surgery