February 1992

Repair of Traumatic Rupture of the Aortic Valve

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery (Drs Haskins, Shapira, Serra, McNicholas, and Lemole), and the Department of Medicine (Dr Rahman), the Medical Center of Delaware, Wilmington.

Arch Surg. 1992;127(2):231-232. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1992.01420020125018

• Traumatic aortic valve rupture is a rare complication of nonpenetrating cardiac injury and can be caused by a tear or avulsion of the valve. The most common method of treatment has been valve replacement, although valve repair has been successful in a few cases of cusp tear or detachment. We report a case of aortic valve commissural avulsion in which a reparative technique was applied and the natural valve was preserved.

(Arch Surg. 1992;127:231-232)