What Is A Blunt Aortic Injury?
The aorta is the main artery of the body, supplying oxygenated blood throughout the circulatory system. Beginning at the left ventricle of the heart, the aorta travels down to the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscular partition that separates the thorax from the abdomen. The thorax is the part of the body between the neck and abdomen. According to the organization, trauma.org, up to 15% of all deaths following a car crash are due to injury to the thoracic aorta.
What Causes A Blunt Aortic Injury?
Many blunt aortic injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents or falls. Since the aorta is an artery, injury to it can result in loss of blood and blood pressure control which are vital for survival.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Blunt Aortic Injury?
Blunt aortic injuries are classified by type of injury. The three main types of blunt aortic injury are as follows:
- an aortic rupture often leads to death and is the most serious of the aortic injuries because of the rapid and uncontrollable loss of blood at the accident or car crash site;
- a hemorrhage of the aorta is the second type of injury; and finally
- a contained aortic injury – where there is bleeding but no rupture or tear of the aorta.
How Is A Blunt Aortic Injury Diagnosed?
An analysis of the method of injury, clinical examination, and imaging studies confirm the presence of a blunt aortic injury. The imaging studies include chest x-rays, CT scans, and angiography.
How Is A Blunt Aortic Injury Treated?
Treatment includes surgical repair of the tear or rupture and blood pressure monitoring. If the blood loss is significant transfusions may be necessary.
Compensation For A Blunt Aortic Injury
If you have experienced a hemorrhage or have been diagnosed with a blunt aortic injury after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your aorta. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.
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