Thoracic Trauma

  • David J. J. Muckart


  • The majority of thoracic injuries involve peripheral lung damage, are diagnosed clinically and with plain chest radiology and can be managed non-operatively.

  • CT angiography is the gold standard for assessing blunt thoracic trauma.

  • Displaced rib fractures, flail chest and sternal fractures are associated with major intrathoracic injuries.

  • Central injuries are associated with a substantial increase in the need for surgery and confer greater morbidity and mortality.

  • Emergency room thoracotomy should only be performed for penetrating trauma.


Aortic Injury Thoracic Trauma Left Main Bronchus Tension Pneumothorax Diaphragmatic Rupture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Nelson R Mandela School of MedicineUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.Level I Trauma Unit and Trauma Intensive CareInkosi Albert Luthuli Central HospitalDurbanSouth Africa

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