Late aortic injury: a rare complication of a posterior rib fracture

Vito D Bruno, Timothy J P Batchelor

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Traumatic rib fractures are common and are often associated with a hemothorax or pneumothorax. Rib fractures can also be a marker of severe trauma, and aortic transection is a well-described cause of death, particularly after a deceleration injury. However, direct aortic laceration by a fractured rib segment is extremely rare. We describe the late presentation of such a case and discuss the possible mechanism of injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-3
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


  • Accidental Falls
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analgesics
  • Drainage
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hemothorax
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Rib Fractures
  • Risk Assessment
  • Thoracic Arteries
  • Thoracotomy
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures
  • Case Reports
  • Journal Article


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