Blunt Thoracic Aortic Injury

Ryan P. Plichta, MD, G. Chad Hughes, MD, Jennifer L Perri, MD, MBA


Acute traumatic aortic transection, otherwise known as blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI), is a leading cause of death in blunt force trauma. The treatment of this pathology has evolved significantly over the past 2 decades with the proliferation of endovascular interventions as well as medical management. What follows is a discussion of BTAI with regard to presentation, diagnosis, treatment algorithms, and surveillance.

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Last updated: April 3, 2023