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Rupture or laceration of the aorta is a more common result of nonpenetrating traumatic injury than is generally appreciated. Approximately 15 per cent of individuals with traumatic rupture survive temporarily. If the lesion is promptly diagnosed appropriate surgical treatment may be life-saving. Diagnosis may be difficult and at times the rupture may remain(More)
The mmnisconception that nonpenetrating traunia to the heart is relatively rare, is primaril! due to the fact that myocardial contusion or traumatic pericardial lesions are usually well tolerated and the clinical findings transient and often difficult to recognize. llowever, the sequelae of this type of cardiac trauma may be serious. Therefore, a careful(More)