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June 1974

Penetrating Injuries of the Abdominal Aorta

Author Affiliations

Irvine, Calif
From the University of California, Irvine; and the Department of Surgery, Orange (Calif) County Medical Center.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(6):839-842. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350300077018

Survival after laceration of the abdominal aorta is exceedingly rare. In this article three successfully managed cases are reported and 18 cases from the literature are reviewed. Aortic control by initial thoracotomy, autotransfusion, andaggressive management of renal and pulmonary complications are emphasized.