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    Keywords: Germany ; chest ; CT ; SYSTEM ; TOOL ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; MORTALITY ; RISK ; SURGERY ; PATIENT ; INJURIES ; MECHANISM ; IMPACT ; CONTRAST ; mechanisms ; treatment ; EXPERIENCE ; DISRUPTION ; REPAIR ; REGION ; ANGIOGRAPHY ; MANAGEMENT ; THORACIC AORTA ; HEIGHT ; wound ; STABILIZATION ; endovascular ; Cause of Death ; BLUNT ; DELAYED TREATMENT ; intracranial ; RUPTURE
    Abstract: Acute traumatic aortic tear (ATAT) is the second most common cause of deaths in trauma patients (about 8,000 deaths/year in the USA). Due to circumferential aortic disruption, up to 90% die at the scene. Responsible trauma mechanisms are: penetrating (gunshot/stab wounds), iatrogenic (interventional catheterization) and, most frequently, blunt chest trauma (high-speed motor vehicles, falls from heights, crushes, explosions) resulting in injury at the aortic isthmus region (loco typico, about 90%). Severe multiple system injuries (polytrauma), especially to intracranial and intraabdominal organs, are characteristic and prognostically predicitive. Immediate transthoracic open repair of ATAT has a mortality risk of 8% to 33% and paraplegia risk of 2% to 26%. Contrast enhanced CT scan has replaced the classical angiography as the diagnostic tool of choice. Patients with life-threatening multisystem injuries are scheduled for delayed repair after initial stabilization. Currently, the use of endovascular stent-grafts (EVAR) is being investigated. Our personal series confirms that EVAR for ATAT is a viable alternative to open repair while minimizing the morbidity and mortality of the open procedure and having a limited impact on trauma destabilization. The assessment of long-term durability of EVAR is one of the key issues to consider EVAR as the first choice of treatment
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16533692
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