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Traumatic aortic injury: Computed tomography angiography imaging and findings revisited in patients surviving major thoracic aorta injuries

Richard Edwards, Nausheen Khan
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 25, No 1 | a2044 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v25i1.2044 | © 2021 Richard Edwards, Nausheen Khan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 November 2020 | Published: 12 March 2021

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Richard Edwards, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Faculty of Radiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Nausheen Khan, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging, Faculty of Radiology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Blunt chest trauma related acute thoracic aortic injury (TAI) is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt diagnosis and appropriate management because of high mortality. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is the imaging of choice for evaluation of patients with major chest trauma findings suspicious of TAI on chest radiography. This case series describes the CTA findings in four high-velocity incident survivors with associated TAIs, discusses the injury type and treatment, and reviews the literature.


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TAI; traumatic aortic injury; computed tomography angiography; major chest trauma; thoracic aortic injuries

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