Chest Trauma, Penetrating

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Basics

Description

  • Injuries which puncture the thoracic cavity
  • Must be identified and addressed promptly
  • If not corrected, can rapidly lead to shock and death

Etiology

There are numerous causes, including:
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Stab wounds
  • Accidental impalements
  • Blunt trauma leading to compound rib fractures

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Basics

Description

  • Injuries which puncture the thoracic cavity
  • Must be identified and addressed promptly
  • If not corrected, can rapidly lead to shock and death

Etiology

There are numerous causes, including:
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Stab wounds
  • Accidental impalements
  • Blunt trauma leading to compound rib fractures

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