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Lethal hemothorax following thoracic dislocated spinal fracture: the usefulness of arterial embolization
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Received: 17 April 2009
Accepted: 19 May 2009
Published: 1 August 2009
Life-threatening hemothorax is uncommon following a thoracic vertebral fracture [1,2]. There are only a few reports on life-threatening hemothorax following a thoracic vertebral fracture; surgical management was adopted in these cases [1,2]. However, treatment for life-threatening hemorrhage following fractures of the spine has not yet been established. This is the first successful treatment report on life-threatening hemothorax following thoracic vertebral fracture. We thought that AE was a good choice of treatment for our patient. However, this method could not be useful if the angiographic finding showed the extravasation of the contrast medium from the great anterior radicular artery (artery of Adamkiewicz) because of spinal infarction. Therefore, the method of management should be changed immediately.
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We have no financial or proprietary interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript, including employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, or paid expert testimony.
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