Lawton, G. (1974).Thorax, 29, 607-608. Traumatic haemorrhage into the thyroid simulating major vessel damage from deceleration injury. Haemorrhage into the thyroid gland is a well recognized condition but there are few cases in the literature of severe haemorrhage associated with trauma. A case is described of a patient involved in a road traffic accident where the clinical features strongly suggested a diagnosis of great vessel rupture associated with deceleration injury. The importance of considering the possibility of haemorrhage into a retrosternal thyroid gland in a closed chest injury is stressed, as is the importance of arch aortography in management.
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