Blunt trauma with flail chest and penetrating aortic injury

Feng Chun Tsai*, Yu Sheng Chang, Pyng Jing Lin, Chau Hsiung Chang

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Blunt chest trauma with flail chest is common. The mortality attributes initially to the associated pulmonary contusion, massive hemothorax and later to the occurrence of adult respiratory distress syndrome. We report a case of flail chest with segmental fractures near the costovertebral junction and delayed hemothorax attacked 14 h later. The final diagnosis of the penetrating aortic injury by detached rib fragment was appreciated by aortogram. Unfortunately, active aortic hemorrhage made prompt thoracotomy in vain for life salvage. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-377
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 01 09 1999


  • Aortic injury
  • Flail chest


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