Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010; 58(5): 309-310
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1185953
Case Reports

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Traumatic Diaphragmatic and Aortic Rupture: An Emerging Challenge

E. H. Kabiri1 , F. Atoini1 , A. Boulahya2 , Y. El Bekkali2
  • 1Thoracic Surgery, Mohamed V Military Teaching Hospital, Rabat, Morocco
  • 2Cardiovascular Surgery, Mohamed V Military Teaching Hospital, Rabat, Morocco
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Publication History

received February 3, 2009

Publication Date:
02 August 2010 (online)


We report a case of traumatic diaphragmatic and aortic rupture in a 27-year-old man after a vehicle accident. The patient underwent successful aortic replacement with a prosthetic graft and diaphragmatic suture. The patient died one month later secondary to rupture of the infected graft. Acute traumatic aortic rupture (TAR) and blunt diaphragmatic rupture (BDR) are life-threatening complications of blunt chest trauma; more than 80 % of patients with these lesions die at the site of accident and only a very small percentage of cases are transferred alive to the emergency unit. In patients with major blunt trauma, aortic rupture and diaphragmatic rupture must be systematically included in the differential diagnosis.


Prof. El Hassane Kabiri

Department of Thoracic Surgery
Mohamed V Military Teaching Hospital


10100 Rabat


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