Blunt traumatic abdominal aortic rupture: CT imaging

Gaetano Nucifora, Fjoralba Hysko, Annarosa Vasciaveo

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Blunt abdominal aortic trauma is a rare but potentially lethal event. It is commonly associated with high-speed motor vehicle accidents. Intimal flap, thrombosis, and pseudoaneurysm of the abdominal aorta are the more common findings. We present a case of blunt abdominal aortic trauma in which CT disclosed free aortic rupture with intraabdominal bleeding and a huge retroperitoneal hematoma, an extremely rare finding among patients reaching the hospital alive, due to its high and immediate mortality rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-213
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008


  • Abdominal aorta
  • Aortic rupture
  • Blunt trauma
  • Computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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