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Trauma on the high seas: an overview of recreational water use injuries

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Recreational water use (RWU) injuries span from superficial lacerations to even death. Given the global popularity of RWU, radiologists should be aware of the common mechanisms and key imaging findings related to injuries in this setting. The goal of this article is to depict common RWU injuries and their emergent radiographic findings, which may have both important surgical and management implications. We present a broad review with case illustrations of these injuries seen at our level 1 trauma center showing the breadth of injury that can occur, general mechanisms and sample imaging findings.

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Wu, J., Shamah, S., Tsui, E. et al. Trauma on the high seas: an overview of recreational water use injuries. Emerg Radiol (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10140-020-01760-x

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  • Recreational injuries
  • Trauma
  • Water
  • Review literature
  • Radiologic imaging
  • Drowning
  • Jet ski
  • Infections
  • Propeller injury
  • Boating
  • Water skiing
  • Wounds and injury
  • Near drowning
  • Submersion
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