Deceleration Trauma to the Heart and Great Vessels after Road-traffic AccidentsBr Med J 1970; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5712.767 (Published 27 June 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;2:767
- M. J. Goggin,
- F. D. Thompson,
- J. W. Jackson
Four young men involved in high-speed car crashes developed cardiovascular trauma. Two patients had aortic aneurysms, one rupture of the mitral valve, and one ventricular septal defect; successful surgical correction was undertaken in all. The importance of considering the possibility of cardiovascular trauma in these circumstances is emphasized, and x-ray films (repeated if necessary) should be taken even when there are no external signs of trauma.