Delayed presentation of a thoracic aortic injury with a vertebral pedicle screw

Antonio Freyrie, Alessandro Gasbarrini, Christiano Esteves Simoes, Enrico Gallitto, Mauro Gargiulo

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Abstract

Iatrogenic aortic injuries by pedicle screws are rare but serious complications of spinal fixation surgery. We report the case of a 55-year-old man who underwent surgical correction of traumatic thoracic vertebral fractures at another institution. At 6-month follow-up, computed tomography revealed a nonhealing of the fractures, and a T4 misplaced pedicle screw penetrating the descending thoracic aorta. The patient underwent open aortic repair associated with the anterior vertebral column reconstruction and posterior arthrodesis revision by a vascular and orthopedic surgery team simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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