Traumatic abdominal aortic injury: clinical considerations for the diagnostic radiologist

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Traumatic abdominal aortic injury (TAAI) is a severe complication of penetrating and blunt trauma with significant morbidity and mortality, particularly if diagnosis is delayed. In patients with life-threatening injuries, accurate and prompt diagnosis of TAAI can be made with computed tomography (CT). Once the diagnosis of TAAI is made, the radiologist should provide an accurate description of the aortic lesion and the extent of injury in order to guide management whether it be non-operative, open aortic repair, or endoluminal stent repair. The purpose of this article is to review the key imaging aspects of TAAI and to discuss how the key CT imaging findings affect clinical management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1084-1093
Number of pages10
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2018


  • Abdominal aorta
  • Aortic injury
  • Emergency radiology
  • Trauma

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