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Journal of Trauma Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000024
Case Study

The Complex Management of a Traumatic Brain Injury and Aortic Injury After a Motor Vehicle Crash: A Case Report

Mayo, Erin RN, MSN, CPNP-AC; Hackworth, Jodi MPH, CSTR; Billmire, Deborah MD, FACS

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Abstract

Blunt aortic injuries are extremely rare in the pediatric population. This case report examines a pediatric patient involved in a motor vehicle crash that resulted in aortic dissection combined with traumatic brain injury. The clinical management of this patient was particularly challenging because of the conflicting needs of optimal management for the head and aortic injuries. Despite the patient's low predicted probability of survival based on Injury Severity Score, the patient had an exceptional outcome.

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