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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 166-169

Simultaneous aortic and diaphragmatic injury following blunt trauma

1 Department of Surgery, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
2 St. Luke's Regional Level I Trauma Center, University of Pennsylvania Trauma Network, Bethlehem, PA, USA
3 St. Luke's Regional Heart Center, Bethlehem, PA, USA
4 OPUS 12 Foundation, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_89_16

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Traumatic aortic injury associated with diaphragmatic rupture constitutes a devastating injury complex that requires prompt recognition and treatment. The incidence of diaphragmatic rupture among patients with aortic injury has been cited to be as high as 10%. Both decision-making and technical aspects associated with this injury combination can be very challenging. We describe a case of combined aortic and diaphragmatic injuries necessitating decompressive laparotomy before definitive aortic and diaphragm repairs. Brief literature overview of the topic is also presented, focusing on the role of modern imaging techniques in diagnosing combined aortic–diaphragmatic injury. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Medical knowledge, Patient care, Systems-based practice. Republished with permission from: Jaik NP, Hoey BA, Cipolla J, Risher WH, Stawicki SP. Simultaneous aortic and diaphragmatic injury following blunt trauma: A case report. OPUS 12 Scientist 2007;1(2):5-7.

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