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Overview

Traumatic aortic rupture is treated with surgery. However, morbidity and mortality rates for surgical repair of the aorta for this condition are among the highest of any cardiovascular surgery. For example, surgery is associated with a high rate of paraplegia,[1] because the spinal cord is very sensitive to ischemia (lack of blood supply), and the nerve tissue can be damaged or killed by the interruption of the blood supply during surgery.

References

  1. Attar S, Cardarelli MG, Downing SW; et al. (1999). "Traumatic aortic rupture: recent outcome with regard to neurologic deficit". Ann. Thorac. Surg. 67 (4): 959–64; discussion 964–5. PMID 10320235. 

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