Traumatic aortic injury: CT findings, mimics, and therapeutic options
Cardiovasc Diagn Ther . 2014 Jun;4(3):238-44. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2223-3652.2014.06.02.
Ethany L Cullen, Eric J Lantz, C Michael Johnson, Philip M Young
Objective: Traumatic aortic injury (TAI) is rare, but frequently lethal. However, with prompt diagnosis, patients can undergo life-saving open or endovascular repair. Unfortunately, because these injuries are relatively rare, subtle forms of these injuries may be missed, and normal variants may mimic TAI leading to misdiagnosis.
Conclusions: We will discuss computed tomography findings of typical injury patterns of traumatic aortic injuries as well as treatment options, diagnostic pitfalls and injury mimics. These are highlighted with clinical case examples.
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