Traumatic Aortic Injury

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Traumatic aortic injury is a partial or complete tear in the wall of the aorta caused by a sudden injury to the chest, like a car accident or fall. The aorta is the body's largest artery, which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. If not treated quickly, a traumatic aortic injury can be life-threatening.

Treatment for Traumatic Aortic Injury at UVA

Our specialists can diagnose you through:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)

Treatment requires surgery. Depending on other injuries suffered and the severity of the injury to the aorta, your surgeon may decide to treat other injuries before repairing the aorta wall. Often the aortic injury can be treated with a stent-graft so you can avoid a major operation.


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