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Delayed Aortic Injury Caused by a Posterior Rib Fracture: A Case Report
Chang Wan Kim, Seon Uoo Choi, Seon Hee Kim, Jae Hun Kim, Jung Joo Hwang, Hyun Min Cho, Seung Hwan Song, Jeong Su Cho
Journal of Trauma and Injury 2015;28(1):31-33
Published online: March 30, 2015
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1Department of Trauma Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea.
2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea.
Received: 24 November 2014   • Revised: 2 December 2014   • Accepted: 6 January 2015

Traumatic aortic injury is well recognized as a primary cause of instantaneous death in victims of thoracic blunt trauma presenting with an aortic rupture or dissection, particularly after a deceleration injury. However, a direct aortic injury caused by a fractured rib segment after blunt thoracic trauma is extremely rare. We report the case of a 43-year-old male patient who experienced an aortic injury caused by the sharp edge of a fractured rib after multiple rib fractures due to blunt thoracic trauma.

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