Left bronchial disruption and aortic rupture after blunt chest trauma

Olivier Baron, D. Galetta, J. C. Roussel, J. L. Michaud

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A 25-year-old male who had been involved in a traffic accident presented with a neurological disorder, bilateral pneumothoraces, and pneumomediastinum. Bronchoscopy revealed a complex rupture of the left bronchial tract. MRI revealed a sinus valsalva aneurysm. The bronchial lesion was first repaired via left thoracotomy. 10 days later, the aorta was repaired via sternotomy. In cases of combined bronchial and aortic lesion, a concomitant repair is not mandatory, at least when the aortic lesion appears limited and shows no signs of dissection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-383
Number of pages2
JournalThoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Aortic rupture
  • Bronchial rupture
  • Thoracic trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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