It is classically taught that scapular fractures (SF) are commonly associated with blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI). The purpose of this study was to determine the association between SF and BTAI. A 10-year retrospective review of blunt trauma admissions from two level I trauma centers located in different geographic regions, Washington Hospital Center (WHC) and Los Angeles County Medical Center and the University of Southern California (LAC/USC), was performed. Patients with SF and BTAI were identified, and records were reviewed to determine associated injuries. We identified 35,541 blunt trauma admissions (WHC: 12,971, LAC/USC: 22,570). SF and BTAI occurred in 1.1 per cent and 0.6 per cent of patients, respectively. Most of the patients with SF had associated injuries (99%). Only four patients with SF had BTAI (4/392; 1.0%). The most common injuries associated with SF were rib (43%), lower extremity (36%), and upper extremity (33%) fractures. SF is uncommon after blunt trauma. Patients with SF almost always have significant associated injuries. Although SF indicates a high amount of energy transmitted to the upper thorax, these patients rarely have BTAI. SF should not be used as an indicator of possible BTAI.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2005|
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