Korean J Crit Care Med.  2015 May;30(2):115-118. 10.4266/kjccm.2015.30.2.115.

Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta in a Trauma Patient with Hypovolemic Shock

  • 1Department of Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea. hanhs@snubh.org
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.


Hemorrhagic shock is one of the most common causes of death in patients with multiple trauma and therefore rapid control of bleeding is the main strategy to save these patients. Resuscitative balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) has been applied in several trauma cases and because of the effectiveness of this procedure it has been adopted in the trauma field. Herein, we report the first successful case of REBOA in Korea performed on a 46-year-old man with hemorrhagic shock after a fall from a height of 14-stories. The patient visited our hospital emergency room with hypovolemic shock, we performed Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta under bed side blind technique. His vital sign was stabilized after procedure, then we could performed endovascular bleeding control. The patient was discharged on his 33rd in-hospital day without invasive procedure and major scar.


aortic balloon; hemorrhage; hypovolemic shock; thoracotomy trauma

MeSH Terms

Balloon Occlusion*
Cause of Death
Emergency Service, Hospital
Middle Aged
Multiple Trauma
Shock, Hemorrhagic
Vital Signs


  • Fig. 1. Inserted 12 Fr. sheath for REBOA. REBOA: resuscitative balloon occlusion of the aorta.

  • Fig. 2. Correct location of guide wire and balloon in portable X-ray film.



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