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Traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta: computed tomography may be a dangerous waste of time.
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    Journal article
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    Case Reports
  • Authors:
    Unsworth-White MJ, Buckenham T, Treasure T
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    381, 383
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    Ann R Coll Surg Engl
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  • Keywords:
    Aorta, Thoracic, Aortic Rupture, Aortography, Diagnostic Errors, Female, Hematoma, Humans, Male, Mediastinal Diseases, Middle Aged, Multiple Trauma, Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta is a justifiably feared condition. Some authors have proposed the use of computed tomography as a non-invasive means of diagnosis. We report two cases where computed tomographic scans were misinterpreted, leading to erroneous diagnoses and inappropriate referrals. The pitfalls of using a cross-sectional imaging technique to diagnose a transverse lesion and the relative ease and accuracy of aortography are discussed.
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