Cardiovascular injuries associated with sternal fractures.

  title={Cardiovascular injuries associated with sternal fractures.},
  author={Moheb A. Rashid and Per Ortenwall and Thore Wikstr{\"o}m},
  journal={The European journal of surgery = Acta chirurgica},
  volume={167 4},
OBJECTIVE To find out if the presence of a sternal fracture indicates cardiac and aortic injuries and to clarify the difference between a retrosternal haematoma and widened mediastinum. DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Teaching hospital, Sweden. SUBJECTS 418 patients with blunt chest trauma of whom 29 had a fractured sternum (11 with retrosternal haematoma and 18 without) and 389 did not (7 with widened mediastinum and 382 without). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Definitions, risk factors… CONTINUE READING