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Original Contributions
February 15, 1964

Successful Surgical Correction of Traumatic Aortic Valve Regurgitation

Author Affiliations


From the Cora and Webb Mading Department of Surgery and the Jefferson Davis and Ben Taub General Hospitals.

JAMA. 1964;187(7):507-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060200039007

Traumatic aortic valve regurgitation has been recognized for more than a century, but only recently has surgical correction been possible. Typical clinical features include trauma, followed by pain and often syncope, a musical aortic diastolic murmur, and progressive cardiac decompensation. Successful replacement of the aortic valve was performed in a 41-year-old woman whose aortic valve was torn in an automobile accident. This case is believed to be the first reported in which total correction was followed by survival, and illustrates the necessity for accurate diagnosis and surgical therapy in such patients.