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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 519836, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/519836
Case Report

Motor Vehicle Collision Patient with Simultaneous Duodenal Transection and Thoracic Aorta Injury: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Emergencies, Section of Trauma, Yale School of Medicine, 330 Cedar Street, BB310, P.O. Box 208062, New Haven, CT 06520-8062, USA

Received 21 August 2014; Accepted 12 January 2015

Academic Editor: Carlton Barnett

Copyright © 2015 Charlie Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Blunt polytrauma can present complex management decisions. Here we report the case of a 31-year-old male involved in a high speed motor vehicle collision resulting in both duodenal and thoracic aorta injury that was managed collaboratively between the trauma, vascular, and cardiothoracic surgical teams. The patient went on to a full recovery. We also review the management of such injuries which has evolved over the past two decades resulting in less morbidity and mortality.