J Korean Soc Traumatol.  2018 Dec;31(3):174-176. 10.20408/jti.2018.037.

Iatrogenic Delayed Aortic Injury Following a Surgical Stabilization of Flail Chest

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  • 1Department of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea. csking1@daum.net

Abstract

Most of aortic injuries after blunt chest trauma usually occur at the aortic isthmus and are identified in the emergency department soon after arrival. Delayed aortic injures by fractured posterior ribs, however, are relatively rare and have been reported only a few times. We recently experienced an iatrogenic descending aortic injury sustained as a result of a direct puncture by a sharp rib end after surgical stabilization of rib fractures.

Keyword

Aortic injury; Rib fracture; Surgical fixation; Postoperative complication

MeSH Terms

Emergency Service, Hospital
Flail Chest*
Postoperative Complications
Punctures
Rib Fractures
Ribs
Thorax
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