Thoracic great vessel injury

Surg Clin North Am. 1988 Aug;68(4):693-703. doi: 10.1016/s0039-6109(16)44580-9.


Thoracic great vessel injury may be secondary to blunt, penetrating, blast, or iatrogenic trauma. A surgeon should be the initial evaluator of and decision maker for these patients, and the aortogram remains the gold standard for specific diagnosis of the arterial injuries except in those patients requiring emergency thoracotomy. Two general types of incisions are employed for these injuries: resuscitative and elective.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aorta / injuries
  • Arteries / injuries*
  • Azygos Vein / injuries
  • Brachiocephalic Trunk / injuries
  • Brachiocephalic Veins / injuries
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Artery / injuries
  • Subclavian Artery / injuries
  • Subclavian Vein / injuries
  • Thoracic Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Thoracic Injuries* / etiology
  • Thoracic Injuries* / surgery
  • Veins / injuries*
  • Vena Cava, Superior / injuries