Transmediastinal Gunshot Wounds
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Penetrating injuries traversing the mediastinum present one of the most challenging diagnostic and management situations a surgeon can face. Determining which, if any, of the vital organs occupying the mediastinum is injured can be very difficult. Missed injuries can be rapidly fatal. Expeditious access to the mediastinum requires sound knowledge of the respective anatomy and the surgical options allowing access.
KeywordsPericardial Effusion Cardiac Tamponade Venous Injury Azygous Vein Permanent Cavity
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